Last week our first 10-month residential program for young women, Blossom Projects, came to a close. There tears of joy as well as tears of sorrow in saying goodbye. These students had all dropped out of school and many entered our program with just basic literacy skills. For 10 months our Blossom students lived in community, meditated twice a day, and received personalized academic instruction at our Academy, alongside our residential young men.
In our program these young women truly blossomed. They found confidence in themselves as they developed personal skills and academic mastery. They initiated their own student newspaper, which they wrote and edited themselves, and perfomed in our monthly cultural program, dancing, singing and doing drama.
At the end of our 10-month program we gave these students an Exit Exam and they all tested into grade level! Some will return to their villages and re-enroll in school, while some will return to our Academy for an additional 10 months Level 2 program.
We were only able to launch this program thanks to the support of our circle of friends from around the world. Investing in the education of young women is one thing that will truly change the world. Thank you for investing in this change! Thank you for allowing these students to blossom.