Rami Khader is the co-founder and managing director of Diyar Theatre and the curator of Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival, which uses creative performance art training to inspire young Palestinians to proactively advocate for constructive social change. He is the recipient of the 2015 Arab World Social Innovator Award by Synergos Institute and has organized local and international festivals, events, youth exchanges, and theatre and dance productions and tours. As a Blossom Hill Fellow, Rami is implementing Makan, a new psychosocial initiative to help children heal from the trauma of conflict. Through interactive play, children will have the opportunity to explore, examine, and express their imagination and process their feelings.
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.