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2) Countryside Montessori adopts the House of Flowers for the holidays! (Dec. 2012)

It is a natural fit that Montessori schools would want to support the work of the House of Flowers and its Montessori program for Afghan children. So we are very happy to announce that Countryside Montessori School in Northbrook, Illinois (US) has adopted the House of Flowers for its holiday project. In a recent email they wrote:

After a brief but enthusiastic conversation at our staff meeting last week, we today sent a letter to our parent community requesting donations to House of Flowers in lieu of holiday gifts for teachers.  Our staff, administration and teacher are also looking forward to contributing. Very exciting!

Thank you to head of school Wendy Calise for making this possible. This is an honor and we are grateful for this inspiring show of support. We are also looking forward to how we can share the House of Flowers experience with the children of Countryside. Hopefully through sharing videos and artwork from the House of Flowers, the Countryside children will feel a connection and awareness of what they share with their Afghan peers.

You can read more about Countryside at It has a very strong Montessori program, and their website can give you even more of a feel of what Montessori is all about.

1) Welcome to the new MEPO website! (Nov.8, 2012)

It’s perfect timing – exactly 10 years ago MEPO established the House of Flowers orphanage. And today we are launching a brand new website to commemorate the progress and the future of the House. We hope that you will explore the many facets of the site, which are designed to involve everyone in the practice and inspiration of serving others.