Blossom Hill Early Childhood Center
Lexi Shereshewsky (Jordan)
When Lexi Shereshewsky moved to Damascus after graduating college in 2009, she knew it would be a life-changing experience. As an Arabic student, Syria was the ideal place for her to continue to study the language. A month after she returned to the US, the Arab Spring erupted and soon after Syria was engaged in a civil war. Given the tremendous suffering and violence afflicting innocent civilians, Lexi was compelled to take action. Using her professional marketing training and academic background in Arabic, she opened a school for refugees in Azraq, Jordan – a remote and impoverished area. As a Blossom Hill Fellow, she is opening an Early Childhood Center to support early academic and behavioral needs of young refugee and other vulnerable children through alternative education activities inspired by Montessori methods. The project will additionally benefit parents of young children through workshops and other awareness sessions.
"I can't wait to see the future for our students and the changes that will occur as they learn at the Blossom Hill Montessori Center."
"The role of me as a teacher is to observe our children, drive them to learn and discover their characters, and to discover their own mistakes and resolve them."
"As a Montessori teacher I will prepare each one of our students to be responsible, creative, and develop skills s/he will use for life."
We fund programs or 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 innovative and 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.