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.
May 5, 2014

Preparations for the summer camps started!

Eager to get out of the bus and swim!
Eager to get out of the bus and swim!

This project report updates our donors about the developments in the Karama center in Deheishe and specifically the activities for the children we create here. Karama is very thankful for all the support you give and because of that like to keep you informed about the projects that reach the most disadvantaged children of Palestinian society. 

 

Dear Karama Supporter, 

In April Karama was able to organize its first trip of the season! To offer the children some respite during the 6-day-long school weeks they currently have, Karama organized an excursion to a swimming resort for frequent visitors of our center. As you remember the strike left the children for 2 months without education, so the schools are open extra days to make up for some of this. But no child can learn well if there is no chance for recreation and enjoyment, so it was about time for a little fun! With unfortunately only limited space available, finally 30 kids got in the bus packed with lunch and swimming suits. A full day of swimming, playing and relaxing followed!

This rare opportunity to play in the water was fully enjoyed by all the participants and everybody arrived back in Deheishe tired but satisfied. It is great to offer the children such a moment of enjoyment in one of the very few playgrounds Palestine knows. Not in the least place because of the limited water, swimming pools are a rare commodity in our community. While our neighbours in Nahalin have seen their natural spring taken over by settlers who now use it as a recreational area, Karama needed to travel a resort a few villages into the West Bank to find a swimming opportunity. Israel remains in control of all water related infrastructure and Palestinians are struggling to gather enough water. On average, Palestinians have less than 73 litres per person/day available, which is way under the WHO guideline of 100 l/c/d for a healthy life! In the summer months this average is even lower, while the neighbouring Jewish settlements consume between 270 up to 360 l/c/d.

After this first taste of summer Karama is gearing up for the summer camps to be organized in July and August. Last year was the first time we organized a camp together with the residents of Khirbet Zakaria and the contacts have remained warm ever since. That is why it is our goal to invite again a group of children from both Deheishe and Khirbet Zakaria to meet up, play and learn together. As you maybe remember from a previous newsletter, Khirbet Zakaria is a small village surrounded by Jewish settlements that isolate the village from its agricultural land, educational opportunities and most importantly from the rest of Palestinian society. A summer camp that brings together both groups will offer not only much needed enjoyment for all, but also a rare chance to get to know other Palestinians and connect again.

To enforce our efforts to prepare for the 2014 summer camps, we have created a new micro project! That page will raise funds specifically for the summer camps and you are very welcome to share it in your community. In the meantime Karama will continue to update you on the workshops and activities in our center and we look forward to your feedback!

 Enjoy the pictures of our excursion and we hope you will look forward to our next update! 

Clear blue water on a warm day
Clear blue water on a warm day
Enjoying a rare day out!
Enjoying a rare day out!
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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