Sisters 4 Sisters
Alyssa Hoseman and Mina Sharifi
Mina Sharifi, an Afghan national, and Alyssa Hoseman, a Canadian, met through their work in Kabul, Afghanistan. They have partnered to create Sisters 4 Sisters Afghanistan, a hands-on personal development program for at-risk Afghan girls and women between the ages of 8 and 20. Sisters 4 Sisters uses four program areas to foster personal growth: work and problem solving, physical well-being, psychosocial development, and mentoring. The program will encourage young women to continue with school and join the workforce instead of entering marriage at a young age. By learning more about themselves, as well as successful women leaders, Sisters 4 Sisters will help the participants grow more confident and prepare to be successful adults – whether they are running households, businesses, or countries.
“When I see my family struggling it gives me a feeling that I need to work hard and become successful so I can change our situation emotionally and economically.”
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.