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.
Dec 26, 2016

Great News to End the Year!

Bring proudness to the Palestinian camps
Bring proudness to the Palestinian camps

Welcome to Karama’s last update from 2016! We are so excited to close the year on a happy note with all of you, despite everything that is going on in our communities and all over the world...

In the last year, YOU have sponsored this project of productive gardens all over Deheishe Camp. Karama is so enthusiastic about the potential of growing fresh, healthy food on our own roofs and we couldn’t be happier that YOU and other organizations also believe in this idea. Now, the European Commission has committed to this vision for independent production and empowerment for our women and youth by selecting our project for a four-year long fund. Together with the EU, Karama will build more than 220 rooftop gardens over the whole West Bank and support production groups who will produce and sell locally.

Following EU rules, this fund will cover 90% of the full funds of this project, while Karama needs to fill the left over gap of 10%. Therefore Karama will continue to need all the support it can get to reach this amount and make this project a success! Without sufficient funding we will not be able to implement this action.

Are You Still Looking for Original Gifts?

Do you want to buy a meaningful gift for someone you love this holiday season? Karama now has a wonderful opportunity to give a special and telling present that will spread love and proudness both in Palestine and your community. This holiday season you can support a Palestinian family for a life time, bringing a sustainable green opportunity through Karama Organization.

Coming year, Karama is taking the exciting step of expanding its rooftop garden project to another 220 refugee families in Bethlehem and Hebron region. These gardens will not only improve food availability and food security in the major refugee camps, but they will also empower and employ more than 220 women and youth in a sustainable and innovative social project. The great news: a major donor has already committed to the majority of the needed funds, but Karama only needs to fill a gap of 10%.  

Each rooftop greenhouse costs around 1460 euro and includes an innovative and efficient system of tubes with soil, water dripping irrigation and plastic covering over a strong iron frame. Every year family can harvest fresh vegetables and herbs for two long harvest seasons. With every garden we will spread green spaces in concrete urban areas, all over Palestinian camps. You can be visible part of this movement of independent growth and development! Sponsor (part of) a garden and you have a visible and emotional share in a family’s empowerment. Every garden will carry a sign with the logo from the main donor and project information. But Karama will also add your name or the name of the person you make the donation in to the garden! If you want to have your own garden or make the garden in somebody else his name, fund us with a donation of 500 EU and your support will be visible for all of us to see. And any donation from 100 EU will receive special mention on the project website that will be launched in 2017.

For more information Karama has attached here a project summary document. Or write us at volunteers@karama.org or on our Facebook page.

And be assured; we are not forgetting our children in the camp and we will remain always active with activities for them, even if this rooftop garden project takes off. Our center will continue to be a safe place for the kids of the camp!

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Whole Karama Team!

Support women like Hajjar with a rooftop garden
Support women like Hajjar with a rooftop garden

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Nov 8, 2016

Karama Fall News Flash

Karama
Karama's Fall News

Welcome to our October Update!

In Palestine schools are in full swing now and so are Karama's after school activities. Most schools have completed their first exam period and results are being distributed and discussed with parents.

Not only the children fill Karama's center but also several UNRWA volunteers join us daily. These volunteers (currently all women) are participating in the UNRWA's employment program and receive a small fee in return of their volunteer services with local organizations. One of these ladies is Ghada (32) who gives her attentive eyes and supportive hands to the after school activities. Her husband has a very instable income and Ghada never got the chance to complete the social work course that she hoped to do after her final high school exams. Besides taking care of her family she subscribed into the UNRWA program to stay active in the community and help her husband in financially hard times. She takes the children to play outside now the weather is still nice and up to the computer room to teach the kids computer skills. But she enjoys it mostly when she opens the library, she adds. “Getting a group of kids completely engaged in a story feels always like a great achievement”.  Ghada will keep volunteering in Karama for another two months, after which she will hear if she is able to participate again in the UNRWA program.

We also had the pleasure to tour with another great group of Belgium guests last month. They joined us for 12 days full of visits, meals, discussions and dessert nights.. Looking back we can be thankful for a wonderful group of people who were open and interested and had great interaction together and with their tour guides. We always keep open for international guests who would like to see and experience life on the West Bank, Palestine.

 

Looking forward to: 

- International volunteers joining us during the upcoming holiday season and beyond! 

- Exciting developments with Karama and the EU delegation (we'll keep you posted)

- Continuing the after school programs with new ideas and initiatives. 

Sep 9, 2016

August Update: Opportunities for Youth Too!

Young and old together in the rooftop gardens
Young and old together in the rooftop gardens

Did you know Karama passed the 50,000 USD donation mark this year in August?? :D In exactly 5 years on the Global Giving platform we’ve been able to gather so much support, so unexpected before! With all these signs of solidarity we’ve been able to create amazing summer camps for our youth, buy library books, build the only grass playfield in the camp, help women (and youth!) on their roofs and rebuild broken gardens when winter storms or invasions have done damage… and much much MUCH more!  In summary you all together have enabled us to continue being an open and welcoming space for kids and youth who are struggling in their daily lives because of their living conditions, the occupation and the poor prospects. Are you ready for the next 5 years? We are!

And who can we better put in the spotlight when we are thinking about the next five year then the young generation of new community leaders? While the rooftop garden project of Karama has originally always focused on women (because of their additional limits in mobility and key role in the healthy upbringing of their families) slowly also several young people have been engaged in the project. They assist in the maintenance of several gardens and were so actively interested that they together developed several proposals to get support from youth funds. One of these proposals led to the partnership with the UN-Habitat Youth Fund. Once their training component started rolling in 2015, we first had one of our international youth volunteers going to Mauritius for the in-person training (Thanks Kevin!:)). Now in 2016 online training continues and also connects youth from Deheishe who have been actively participating online!

Ghassan Abujamia (24 years) who has been active in Karama since he was a youngster is one of them. He has rolled into UN-Habitat’s training program that is offered online, through which he completed three courses and received a certificate. Let’s hear from him.

Everything from the training program for you is online… What exactly do you do in such online courses?

“Yes it is all on an online platform called Eliademy that has a forum per course for discussions, reading materials and video lectures listed for each week. Lectures are all prerecorded so if there is no internet on a certain day, I can just come in the next day and watch the video in the moment that I can. For most courses I have to read some information before the lecture and then make a quiz after I have watched the lecture of that week, completing in this way around 10 weeks of information per course. But all courses also have extra interactive things with it; for example it is required to post each week on the forum to talk about topics with other youth participants from all over the world. Also I had to write essays, business plans and make presentations all in English! My submission and work were reviewed by teachers from real universities that the UN-Habitat works together with and I got real feedback on my assignments, making it feel really interactive. Of course, after completing each of the three courses I got a certificate signed by UN and with my name :)”  

What topics were most interesting to learn about and how you think they will help you?

“I took courses in financial bookkeeping, marketing and e-marketing and social enterprise management. They were all super informative and interesting, though I like the marketing course the best. Over the weeks that I spend reading and interacting about the materials, I got a lot of new ideas how things could work for us in the camp. For example, how we could use something easy like social media and Facebook for the benefit of our project. All the work really helped me to look at the camp from a business perspective; what are some opportunities and what ideas will not be beneficial or sustainable for us economically in the end (so we better not begin with at all). Overall it also helped me to be more confident in my English and communicating about our situation in Deheishe and I really hope the UN project will continue and we can make our written plans reality now!” 

Ghassan on our summer trips - always active!
Ghassan on our summer trips - always active!
Taking care of the garden
Taking care of the garden

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