Code to Inspire
Fereshteh Forough (Afghanistan)
Fereshteh Forough hails from Afghanistan and has a Masters in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. In 2015, Fereshteh founded Code to Inspire – the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan. The program offers young Afghan girls rigorous training in computer science with a curriculum focused on web development, mobile application development, gaming, graphics, and design. Fereshteh is expanding the program to serve more students to ensure they enter a competitive job market with highly marketable computer skills.
“As long as I remember I have been always a seeker, leaner and archiver to bring change! Digital art has always been one of my dreams and Code to Inspire Graphic Design helped my dream come true. I am able to visualize whatever I imagine and have in mind. I do believe we are a generation of change, a positive change that will wonder the world!”
“One of my biggest dreams is to portray what I think through art and have a role in the progress of my community and country. Since I have joined CTI classes I am feeling I am much closer to my goals and that is not a dream anymore!”
“Life is full of challenges, but I try to overcome all these challenges in my favor. Life is an opportunity for me to prove who I am. I am using this opportunity to share what I have learned with others.”
We fund programs, projects and products that aim to positively impact the lives of communities (children, youth, families, etc.) affected by conflict and war in the Middle East.
Refugee children live under unusual and difficult conditions with little or no access to technology that can improve their lives. With our innovative programs, we are reaching a wide range of children with groundbreaking technology that teach them literacy skills and improve their access to higher education.
Millions of refugee children are missing out on an education. Without an opportunity to learn, they risk becoming a lost generation with little chance for a better future. Through sustainable programs, our Fellows are working to ensure refugees can learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
The development of the "whole child" from early childhood through adolescence is critical to long-term development and success of all children. Blossom Hill is committed to providing innovative initiatives for refugee children that will not only prepare them for learning and academic success, but empower them with life skills as they continue to live under difficult conditions.
For refugee youth whose education has been interrupted and ability to earn a livelihood undermined by war and conflict, the future is bleak. We are dedicated to empowering these youth to break from the cycle of poverty by offering innovative vocational training in computer skills, business entrepreneurship and language instruction.