This month we celebrated the first anniversary of our Rooftop Garden Project! One year ago Karama Organization was able to bring this long kept idea into practice and we did continue to expend it in the last year. Please find here our news update to inform all our supporters through Global Giving of the most recent developments in Karama!
In March 2012 we started this initiative with the first donation from the USA. From then on fourteen families in Deheishe have been benefiting from already two harvests, and the third one is taking root quickly on their roofs. Take a look at the pictures with this article to see the harvest from this month! The growing plants are being supported by additional robes, connected to the frame. In this way the whole structure is being used to the full and the production is more effective. Notice also the watering system, with the tubes allowing for precise and limited watering, helping the rooftop gardens to use the scarce water in a very effective way. The frames are still covered, protecting the plants against the wind and the already burning sun. Now the winter left and the summer is on its way, both the water system and the covers are crucial parts that make this a sustainable project.
Many Palestinians remembered the continuing struggle to use their land on Land Day last weekend, and this project is for many of its participants a constant expression of this struggle. At several places in Palestine, marches were organized and new trees planted, to remember the lost land or protect the land under threat. But as all inhabitants from Deheishe have lost their land, these green places on their roofs are the first experience of the richness of the earth for many families! Through the rooftop gardens these families can restore their connection with the land, while benefiting at the same time from the gifts this soil is giving. The gardens have become a place for relaxing the mind, for both parents and children and many have expressed their joy to witness the cycle from seed till harvest.. Karama is happy international actors through UNRWA have joined the effort to support these families economically and socially. UNRWA has helped to establish more gardens in the refugee camps and your help has been crucial in this as well!
Another important event in this project was the visit from our Karama UK team! They have been working really hard to spread information about Karama in the London area and also raise funds for this great project. All the energy from Anna and Silvia resulted in good contacts with local schools and funds and a sponsorship by organic soap store Lush UK! Who even featured our rooftop gardens in their January newspaper: Lush Times!! It was great to receive this team finally (again) in Deheishe and show them and their friends around. This is what they write in their recent newsletter about their visit:
Anna and Silvia are just back from Palestine. Together with some friends we were travelling around Jordan and Palestine and we could not miss the chance to visit Karama. It was great to catch up with Yasser and make a plan for future activities and projects and see the positive impact of the hard work of volunteers on Karama’s premises. It was lovely to share this experience with friends and we hope that this is the first of many other visits to Palestine and Karama.
With this message we want to thank you all for your past donations and support! Do not hesitate to share this report in your network or contact Karama if you are interested to hear more!
With warm regards from Deheishe,
the whole Karama Team.
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