Summer camps for two isolated Palestinian groups

$345 $4,155
Raised Remaining


Under the daily challenges of occupation and colonization our children grow up facing violence, destruction and division. The young communities of Deheishe (a refugee camp) and Khirbet Zakaria (a village surrounded by settlements) lack opportunities for the teenagers to develop and recreate. We want to bring them together this summer! Help Karama to arrange summer camps with workshops and trips, so we further strengthen Palestinian society and stimulate a responsible and unified young generation

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The refugee camps and villages suffering from nearby Jewish settlements know very similar problems. Limited education, no possibilities to build recreational spaces and often a scene to frequent violence from the Jewish army or settlers. While the youth lives only a few kilometers away from each, they never meet due to the restrictions on movement. During the summer months there should be opportunities from them to meet, get to know each other and develop crucial life skills in a safe setting.

How will this project solve this problem?

Karama will repeat the successful summer camp from 2013 and bring together groups of teenagers from both places. They will enjoy a program with recreational activities as well as workshops that stimulate learning, friendship, leadership and responsibility towards nature and each other. We will work with local Karama volunteers and social workers, while international volunteer will contribute with new classes. Such a positive experience can impact any girl's or boy's life for the better!

Potential Long Term Impact

Karama center empowers refugee children and youth to become active citizens who shape their future in a peaceful and constructive way. So far over 1300 children improved their performance in school and society because of our safe haven for education, opportunities, joy. Our Palestinian volunteers who have been members of Karama for several years are the living proof of this; many now study at university (a rare occurrence in Palestinian refugee camps) and play major roles in the local society.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



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A Safe Place for Kids in Deheishe Refugee Camp
The traumatized children of Deheishe Camp, near Bethlehem in Palestine, lack fun and hope in their lives. Karama's center aspires to give these forgotten children hope, self-confidence and skills for their future through a variety of activities. Local&international volunteers are organizing workshops in languages, computers, sports and other areas that support their education and future employment prospects. All children are welcome to grow and replace their negativity with enthusiasm and hope! project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Yasser Alhaj

Bethlehem, West Bank Palestine

Where is this project located?

Map of Summer camps for two isolated Palestinian groups