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.
Aug 10, 2016

Summer Activities in Karama Organization

SMILES on the group picture of Karamas recent trip
SMILES on the group picture of Karamas recent trip

Hey Karama Donors!

Do you feel the heat too? Here in Palestine we are at the peak of a nice hot summer, with temperatures easily reaching 35 degrees Celsius in July. This resulted in a lot of refreshments for the children during activities and some flexibility in the summer program to make sure the kids were well protected during the trips. But heat or no heat, Karama’s programs have been running smoothly with the help of our supportive team and the very committed participation of the children from Deheishe Camp.

This newsflash we are eager to show you some pictures from the activities that were organized in Karama in the past weeks. Before, during and after Ramadan, several summer camps have been organized that took sometimes 50 children, sometimes even up to 80 children several days of fun and engagement on trips and activities in the Karama center. Healthy meals were served every day to keep the hungry children healthy and active. All camps created teams, in which the children were stimulated to practice team play, care for team mates and leadership. A Karama Summer Camp cannot continue without the needed attention for development of skills and values; every year the kids are challenged and encouraged to show compassion and cooperation and in every camp group discussion are a part of every day.

Solidarity and care for the community has also been shown by the Karama Team in many ways in the past summer. When water shortages became a real threat for several families, Karama made the well available for families to collect water from. The well was built with the help of international donors when Karama did upgrade the back playground; an investment bringing already great returns for the whole community! And while university and college students are preparing for the start of the new semester, Karama is always trying to connect promising students in need with willing supporters from the community or from abroad. There are still very skilled students waiting for support in order to be able to subscribe into the new semester, so if one of our readers is interested in this please contact us for more information.

Karama hopes to continue the summer activities for the full month of August, with some schools starting end of August again, others beginning of September. Can we count on your support in this endeavor? We are happy to receive your solidarity and support!

The pictures will show you some of the trips and play time in the past month.

See you in the next newsletter!

 

PS: don't forget to hit reply if you want to know more about supporting students from the camp.. When there is a lot of interest we consider opening a seperate Global Giving page so we can get you in touch with those promising youth. Let us know if you are interested! 

Youth gets moving during our team games.
Youth gets moving during our team games.
Going for another trip; all organized and ready.
Going for another trip; all organized and ready.
Jun 1, 2016

May Story: Refugees active on their roofs

Ready for Summer 2016!
Ready for Summer 2016!

In this newsflash you will hear about; the several rooftop gardens producing very well again due to the hard work from its owners, new developments in the garden project on hold due to delay in donor funding being released and other women and youth activities going on in the Karama community center.

First of all, GREAT you are engaging with our project and reading our update! The support from all these great people around the world means a lot to us. If you are connected to Karama’s network on social media, you might have seen some pictures passing by on Facebook about the slow but steady progress of the wonderful rooftop gardens. Tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and others are getting ready to be enjoyed. The owners are dedicated and work hard to have a good harvest, hoping to enjoy their produce in the upcoming month of Ramadan, where us Muslims will fast between sunrise and sunset.

New developments in this project however are still on hold due to the delay in donor funding being released. Development work is a hard world and even when good-hearted people believe in our case for green, social entrepreneurship it will not always come through the ways originally expected. But that won’t have our project team stop their work and lots of other activities are ongoing.

Previously we already informed you about a new series of women activities taking place in Karama center, where the women used the updated kitchen to hold workshops for different traditional dishes. This was continued in the last weeks, with recipes including traditional sweets as well! Those were some happy families at home to taste the work of these women’s hands. Some of their production has already been sold through local markets; a great step!  Now a selection of the dishes is being made, that could be produced on a larger scale and sold during the month of Ramadan when people will especially enjoy traditional (but labor intensive) dishes. 

Also Karama just kicked off its first summer camp of 2016! More than 45 youngster between 10 and 12 joined our first activities rigth after the closure of the schools. The teens will participate in days of fun, creativity, expression and collaborative work, both in our center and on trips. The first trip to Solomons Pools was a great success, even though it was a bit more chilly than normally around this time of the year! 

Wish us luck for the rest of the summer! :) 

Thanks to all our supporters, especially our frequent donors, we really appreciate your continous help for our work. 

Production in the different rooftop gardens
Production in the different rooftop gardens
Cucumbers in the different rooftop gardens
Cucumbers in the different rooftop gardens
Almost ready to pick!
Almost ready to pick!
Neat rows of vegetables growing strong
Neat rows of vegetables growing strong

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Apr 7, 2016

Karama - Being a safe place in Deheishe

Sight in Deheishe Camp (by Silvia Boarini)
Sight in Deheishe Camp (by Silvia Boarini)

Dear readers, 

Welcome to our April Update and thanks a lot for keeping track of our work! We will leave you with a quick update this month about what is going on in- and outside Karama.

As you all know, Karama's motto is all about being a safe place for the women and children of the camp. With the arrival of spring, the children use this safe place for being active outdoors and exploring new outside games like chalk drawing. Also new women activities have taken off recently, where women share new skills among each other. Successful cooking classes, handcraft workshops and a trip have already taken place - with great pleasure of the women! They enjoy their mornings together which are often useful, entertaining and great bonding moments in the community.

But why would Deheishe actually need a safe place one might ask? The last months have shown again how much life in the camp is under threat. The frequency of night raids by the occupation army are on an all-time high, with as often as to 3 times per week the soldiers coming inside the camp to spread fear and destruction. The attacks on women and children take shocking forms. Earlier this spring, a mother was kidnapped and after one month of separation from her children in jail, she was placed under house arrest. This has put her 3 children through a nightmare, while her 12-year old son has also been summoned for questioning; treated harshly under the military system. A military system that does not acknowledge his status of a minor and where 6 out of 10 children will be subject to coercive interrogation (10 out of 10 are questioned without presence of an adult) and more than 4 out of 10 will be forced to sign papers in Hebrew; a language they don’t speak! He is no exception with his young age to come in contact with the military system. Another 12 year old boy of the camp has received an arrest warrant and refuses to sleep at home ever since. A well understood move, as violence is commonly used during arrest raids and what happens afterwards unknown. His family home has already been raided during the night several times in the last week with his older brothers arrested and beaten. While even homes are no guaranteed safe place in the camp, we will try our best to keep Karama!

Under these circumstances, the local team is doing a great job with keeping new activities going and we are excited to welcome new international volunteers soon (if the occupation let’s them through). If you know somebody who has experience in working with children or teaching and who would love to join our team in Palestine, they are always welcome to send us an email or fill in the application form directly on our website!

Our best wishes from the whole team!    

Young boys in Karama
Young boys in Karama
 
   

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