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.
Oct 8, 2015

Karama News + Special Announcement for Global Giving Donors

Fun during Karama
Fun during Karama's summer camps

Karama wraps up the summer activities in this email and brings a special video first to our Global Giving Donors!

Against all odds we will continue to smile, cultivate joy and friendship in our community. During the long break from school, Karama Organization held three summer camps with trips and games to overcome the memory of violence and humiliation. With many challenges still ahead, the children returned to the class rooms as the UNRWA schools did open its doors again in the West Bank last month. 

This newsletter is a collection of faces and stories from these last months; to remember the power of a smile and thank everybody who joined Karama and laughed with us.

 Seif (14 - Deheishe) shares "It was a great camp and I never joined anything like this before. I learned a lot of new things and especially I got to know many nice people".

 Shannon (23 - Canada) shares about the summer; "The summer camps were incredibly fun. I loved going through various games and activities with the kids, but most of all I loved their attitude and optimism towards whatever we did with them. Like when we took them to Hebron and the soldiers wouldn’t let us go to the Ibrahim Mosque. We tried two entrances and were turned away from the entire old city in Hebron, but the kids still made the most of the day, playing in the park and touring the glass factory and even just enjoying the bus ride there and back seeing the landscape around them. Despite the heat, the language barrier, and how exhausting it could be, I loved going into Karama everyday to see and play with the kids.”

Adam (8 - Deheishe) "The camp was a lot of fun and I learned many new things. I learned how the volcano works and I liked all the activities."

Ghassan (24 - Deheishe) "We had a great time during the whole summer. Every camp we made it different than before and I don't believe any child had ever joined a program like ours. We did every time many different activities; both to learn and for fun. I worked together with great volunteers from abroad and the kids have benefited a lot; I've seen these camps open their minds."

These children deserve a place to play and learn in their childhood, surrounded by respect and support from our volunteers and staff.

A warm thank you to all the people who supported us in Palestine and abroad during this time and you truly have put a smile on the children's faces.

 

During the summer months, Karama developed together with our Swiss volunteer Christina a short documentary featuring Luay. It is an open invitation to come visit us in Palestine but also a statement of persistence and hope for the whole world to see.

Check out the video on our Youtube channel and share with your friends! 

You are always welcome to contact us at volunteers@karama.org 

Luay in Hebron - Karama documentary
Luay in Hebron - Karama documentary
Shannon in Karama
Shannon in Karama

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Aug 20, 2015

Summer update: Pictures from our roof

Before the real heat started in Palestine, the rooftop gardens were at their peak of the year. Every day the women spent some of their time watering, harvesting and enjoying their gardens. The main water tap was regularly turned on this summer to fill up the storage tanks of the women (which happens practically at the mercy of the Occupation authorities). Thus most people did not experience any real shortage of water - though all were trying to be as careful as possible. Most women could harvest enough tomatoes, beans, aubergine, cucumbers and herbs to feed their family. Some even shared their produce, especially tomatoes and beans which were doing well this season. During this time, several people from outside our community came to visit Karama in Deheishe, to learn about our rooftops and see how small ideas make a positive contribution to the families' lives. Some of them were journalists who published an article or photo story in international media after their visit.

When international visitors come over, we always try to arrange for them to meet the women that are leading this project. This creates an interesting space for the women to share some of their struggles and their ways of dealing with those challenges. One of the journalists was Siliva, who visited a garden build with support from Karama on the roof of Um Shadi. When Silvia visited Um Shadi's house, even her husband jumped in to speak loftly about the garden and its benefits for the family. Um Shadi's whole family, including their three children enjoy being in the garden and seeing the plants grow. They also use the space to relax in the evenings when the tempature goes down to a comfortable level. "To follow nature’s pace and see the changes happening under your eyes is quite impressive. If this garden didn’t benefit us, I would have taken it down a long time ago and added some deck chairs instead,” Abu Shadi adds, laughing.

Especially the pictures from Eloise and Silvia are really worth seeing, so we will share with you the links below.

Thank you for being part of this initiative that supports the women in Deheishe Refugee Camp!

Mouad harvesting from the tomato plant
Mouad harvesting from the tomato plant

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Jul 21, 2015

June Report Karama

 June Report, 2015

                         The month of June was an exciting one for Karama! Between the 12 day summer camp program filled with trips to exciting places and activities and fun at our own center in Deheishe camp, the children of Karama both had fun and also learned about the past of Palestine.

This year, Karama decided that our summer program would revolve around the theme: "From the old generation to the new". With this theme, Karama organized for older people in the camp, often times grandmothers and grandfathers of Karama children, to come and speak with the kids and tell them stories of the rich lands that they and their families owned before the Ocupation. In addition to stories of the lost villages, the program also took the kids on trips to see the villages with their own eyes - or at least go as far as the occupation would allow them!

During this 12 day program, the children, accompanied by individuals of the older generation, took five trips all over the West Bank to see the lost villages with their own eyes and see firsthand the land that was once theirs. One such trip was to the very southern part of the West Bank, to a small old village called Ar Ramadeen. Here, everyone perched on a hilltop to look out over the breathtaking landscape of fields, gentle hills, and plain stretches as far as the eye could see. It was in this beautiful place that Abu Ibrahim and Saeeda Hajjar, two of the older generation story tellers, shared stories about the area; the names of the villages behind the fence, the owners of the land, how they used to work on the field and collect water. We also met some of the farmers living in the hills of Ramadeen and hear about problems they face in this area enclosed by the Separation Wall. After a stroll through the fields, we took the children to a nearby playground, had a BBQ and enjoyed the afternoon together with games.  This was just one of five wonderful trips that enlightened and emboldened the children in their identity in and knowledge of Palestine.

We at Karama believe that these trips to rarely visited parts of Palestine were of vital importance to building the understanding that the children have of where they come from, who they once were, and who they are today.

In addition to these thrilling expeditions, the children of Karama also enjoyed countless activities and games inside Deheishe camp at the KaramaCenter during the month of June. On one of these Center days, the children created beautiful designs that they would draw on large Styrofoam boards and then decorate with glittering sequins. From Palestinian flags and doves to hills and trees, the boards made for the perfect group activity that utilized the imagination of all of the children. All groups would present their work in front of each other while Karama staff praised the creativity and collaboration of the teams.    

As the month of June and all its fun came to an end, we prepared for the holy month of Ramadan! Karama stayed open during Ramadan to be a consistent source of fun and learning for the children. Then with the end of Ramadan, we as an organization took a brief break from Karama to celebrate the three days of Eid--a fun time for visiting family and breaking the month long fast! Looking forward, Karama will continue to be open during the month of August, which is the last month of their summer break. Summer camps will continue to run, with preparations for Karama's exchange camp with Khirbet Zakaria in full force!

Thank you for all your support! You have been a vital source of assistance for the Karama center, the twelve day summer program, and continued fun and learning for the children of Deheishe Refugee Camp.

Touring the rarely visited parts of Palestine
Touring the rarely visited parts of Palestine

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