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Lexi Shereshewsky (Jordan)

Founder and Executive Director of The Syria Fund

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. Location: Jordan