Sara Vispi (Greece)
When Sara witnessed the ``migrant crisis`` in Europe and the brunt of its impact in Greece, she left her native Luxembourg and moved to Athens. The collapse of the financial institutions in 2009 left Greece with extreme economic and social challenges including a high level of unemployment. This creates considerable obstacles for refugees who seek employment, education and further integration opportunities. Without language or transferable skills, many will continue to live in camps and temporary accommodation without education or employment, and with no clear direction for their futures. In response, Sara founded the ANKAA Project for vocational learning out of a belief in the potential of refugees and commitment to facilitate opportunities for their employment, further education, and inclusion within the community.
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.