Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development

Karama (Arabic for Dignity) strives to empower Palestinian women, children and adolescents and develop the local community by providing a safe haven for learning, cultural awareness and recreation away from the violent streets.
Mar 10, 2014

A final word of thanks - and update!

View of the camp: concrete houses and water tanks.
View of the camp: concrete houses and water tanks.

After a difficult winter with stormy weather and damage to our project, a new phase started with your support and a generous donation from Lush, currently enableling us to prepare another 9 gardens. 

 

Dear supporter of our community in Deheishe, 

This last winter brought us many unexpected things; a heavy blizzard but little rain, great damage to all gardens but also overwelming support from our community and a continuation of our partnership with Lush. Though these last things are very positive for our rooftop garden project and the new participants, the little rain and the problems with the UNRWA make many Palestinian refugees cautious about the coming months... The harvest is expected to be less this year because of the little rain and food prices are very likely to rise. Meanwhile the shrinking budget of UNRWA leads to fears of further cuts in services and less families that will be able to count on food assistance from the agency. This takes place while research has shown more refugee families are getting more and more food INsecure!

With your help, Karama continues to look for solutions that raise our community to more self support and independence and less relience on food aid from outside. Even more in the current situation, it remains crucial to bring back agriculture into the lives of the refugees. Through the support of other people who believe in these ideas, this is possible! Currently we are on the brick of including more women in our project. Lush Charity Pot UK has pledged new funds to include another 9 women in this initiative. Soon they will be climbing on their roofs, watering their plants and seeing their harvest grow! 

But before the project really takes off, Yasser has made sure the new constructions will fit our needs and will offer enough protection and opportunities, while remaining small and light enough for the women's roofs. Also the trainer has been selected who will assist in the delivery of the materials and will guide the women during the first months. As soon as all the participants are selected they will hold their first meeting together - that will be followed by many more to be a central tool in their empowerment!

Your support remains very much appreciated and needed, also in the form of sharing this project online with your friends and connections! In addition, donations will be very well used in this project. With 50 dollars Karama can provide better seeds for the participants while 100 dollars will keep the trainer involved for another week in the project to support the women! Any amount will help us to grow this project and help families become more food security while 1500USD will include a 10th family in this project!  

Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you are keen to see more photo's! 

Thank you for being part of this project and the support you give to the women in our society. 

This is the final update in the micro project you supported - but our project will continue and new updates will be posted on Facebook, our website and our other project page on Global Giving!

Look out for our next update were we will introduce you to some of the new participants!

 

New materials are being purchased
New materials are being purchased
All materials need to fit our situation and needs.
All materials need to fit our situation and needs.
Tomatoes cost more, but grow well on the roofs.
Tomatoes cost more, but grow well on the roofs.

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Mar 6, 2014

New Season - New Gardens - Same Commitment

New materials are being purchased
New materials are being purchased

New season, new gardens and participants - same idea and commitment!

After a difficult winter with stormy weather and damage to our project, a new phase started with your support and a generous donation from Lush, currently enableling us to prepare another 9 gardens. 

 

Dear supporter of our community in Deheishe, 

This last winter brought us many unexpected things; a heavy blizzard but little rain, great damage to all gardens but also overwelming support from our community and a continuation of our partnership with Lush. Though these last things are very positive for our rooftop garden project and the new participants, the little rain and the problems with the UNRWA make many Palestinian refugees cautious about the coming months... The harvest is expected to be less this year because of the little rain and food prices are very likely to rise. Meanwhile the shrinking budget of UNRWA leads to fears of further cuts in services and less families that will be able to count on food assistance from the agency. This takes place while research has shown more refugee families are getting more and more food INsecure!

Karama continues to look for solutions that raise our community to more self support and independence and less relience on food aid from outside. That is why it remains crucial to bring back agriculture into the lives of the refugees. With your help this is possible and currently we are on the brick of including more women in our project. Lush Charity Pot UK has pledged new funds to include another 9 women in this initiative. Soon they will be climbing on their roofs, watering their plants and seeing their harvest grow! 

But before this is possible, Yasser has made sure the new constructions will fit our needs and will offer enough protection and opportunities, while remaining small and light enough for the women's roofs. Also the trainer has been selected who will assist in the delivery of the materials and will guide the women during the first months. As soon as all the participants are selected they will hold their first meeting together - that will be followed by many more to be a central tool in their empowerment!

Your support remains very much appreciated and needed, also in the form of sharing this project online with your friends and connections! In addition, donations will be very well used in this project. With 50 dollars Karama can provide better seeds for the participants while 100 dollars will keep the trainer involved for another week in the project to support the women! Any amount will help us to grow this project and help families become more food security while1500USD will include a 10th family in this project!  

Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you are keen to see more photo's! 

Thank you for being part of this project and the support you give to the women in our society. 

Look out for our next update were we will introduce you to some of the new participants!

The construction is being made precisely to fit
The construction is being made precisely to fit
Tomatoes get more expensive to buy, but grow well
Tomatoes get more expensive to buy, but grow well
The camp; where greenhouses could cover the roofs.
The camp; where greenhouses could cover the roofs.
View of the camp; concrete houses and water tanks.
View of the camp; concrete houses and water tanks.

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Feb 5, 2014

After two months without school Bayaan -5th grade- forgot the English alphabet..

Our international volunteer helps out with classes
Our international volunteer helps out with classes

From Karama Organization we send you our warm greetings and a big thank you note for helping us being an open and positive place in Deheishe Refugee Camp. With your help we have given emergency educational support and additional workshops for the children of the camp in the last month and we are happy to send you this update.

Life in the camp continues to be characterized by the strike of the UNRWA employees. Many basic services are now stopped due to a long-standing dispute over UNRWA’s general (employment) policy. Dissatisfaction among the refugees is great because of the reactions from both UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority (PNA). The slow response of the government structures and the disinterest of the UNRWA to seriously consider the staffs demands are taken heavy by the refugees. Many refugees already feel distant from the PNA structures and the disregard for their current situation adds to their feeling both the government and the UNRWA are not considering their rights. Our children’s right to education should not be comprised however in this situation and Karama continues to find ways to fulfil this right! Your donations have been used for this aim and organized classes in Arabic and mathematics in the mornings.

After the emergency classes our volunteers continue with activities for the children of all ages. Both inside in the library as well as outside the children are stimulated to learn and work together. Through encouraging the children to take up a book in our library, we hope to improve their language skills. Without the kids attending school during the day, it is striking how quick their level is deteriorating. During one of our reading groups, several 5th graders where taking turns in reading a short story in English. Bayaan, 10 years old, was also pretending to read a bit. But when it was her turn to read out loud she shied away. “I’m sorry Miss” was her reply, “I forgot the English letters. Nobody studies English with me at home”. With your help we can continue to give her a place where she feel comfortable to learn and grow!

Besides the classes we will soon start to work on our outside play area! We look forward to use it again as soon as the weather permits it. A new football goal and volleyball net will hopefully be part of these efforts so more active team sports can be played together.

We continue to be open for volunteers to help us with the educational activities for the children or the advancement of our outside playgrounds. Currently one of our international volunteers for example, is giving the music lessons and helps with English reading. If you or anybody among your friends or family would be interested you can read more information on our website or send an email to volunteers@karama.org

Do you know you can connect with us on Facebook too for updates? Find the link below and stay in touch!

Thank you for being part of this project! 

Our emergency classes continue every morning!
Our emergency classes continue every morning!
Children are encouraged to learn in the library
Children are encouraged to learn in the library
Proud of her library card!
Proud of her library card!

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