Jan 23, 2021

January 2021 Update from Karama Organization

Production continues during COVID19 crisis!
Production continues during COVID19 crisis!

A short message to our dear supporters to keep you involved in the work on the field. 

Worldwide the struggle against the coronavirus is not over, but optimism has grown due to the roll-out of different vaccinations. An optimism not yet shared in Palestine, as vaccinations have yet to be obtained by the authorities. People have kept strict lockdown rules during December which has brought the number of new cases down in most areas - however, in Gaza we are still hugely struggling with getting the outbreak under control. Your prayers and support are still very much needed! 

In the last months of 2020 Karama was working diligently to support the households that were hit hardest with the economic consequences. A successful Cash-for-Work program continued, as well as cash and food packages distributions. So far, we have employed over 70 workers during different times, with still a few more workers joining during the coming month. These activities in Deheishe camp give workers a fair temporary salary while improving public spaces at the same time. We only employ women and men who are the income-providers for their household but lost their income due to the COVID19 crisis.

Our most recent activities also contribute to a healthy, clean environment in our beautiful camp. After painting the walls and planting trees, this month our workers distributed wheeled trash bins in Deheishe as well as smaller black trash bins. This effort will make it easier for the families to collect their household waste in a central location and an uncomplicated collection by the camp’s sanitation workers. Families in the camp are very happy about this idea, and many have requested adding a bin next to their house. 

Also, an interesting effort by the team took place through a questionnaire and discussion with different beneficiaries from Karama on the impact of Corona on households in the refugee camps. Our research showed that more than 50% of the camp’s households have lost their income during the lockdown period, while almost all households (92%) are faced with less stable and unpredictable income each month since the Corona crisis started. At the same time however, three quarters of the rooftop greenhouse participants continued to work and harvest from their greenhouse, and most of them (69%) continued to benefit from the social activities and much-needed social and agricultural support either online or in-person.

For those interested we will share a report in the coming month on the impact of COVID19 on refugee camps. In the meantime, Human Rights Watch has some excellent articles on the situation of human rights under the coronavirus crisis. 

Thank you sincerely for staying in touch with our work. We wish you a safe and healthy start to 2021 and welcome any feedback or messages for you.

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Distributions in Deheishe camp
Distributions in Deheishe camp
Raddish, a lovely winter product to pick yourself!
Raddish, a lovely winter product to pick yourself!
Supporting a clean and healthy camp environment
Supporting a clean and healthy camp environment

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Nov 15, 2020

Quick Update: Supporting Palestinians through COVID19

Whole neighborhoods have been cleaned and painted!
Whole neighborhoods have been cleaned and painted!

Hi there! 

Time for a news flash from Palestine. 

During the COVID19 crisis, Karama has been focusing on emergency and resilience activities for the most vulnerable households in the refugee camps of the southern west bank. It is very difficult or impossible to still have gatherings or group activities, so we are unable to serve our children much. But they have been included in several activities (such as the distribution of clothes, school supplies, and toys). 

Initially, Karama did work together with many local actors to organize distributions of food, non-food items, and cash to the most vulnerable families in the Bethlehem and Hebron regions. Over 3000 households have been supported by Karama and more through our networks. The team has looked for ways, however, to support our communities more sustainable and in a more dignified manner. That is how the Cash-for-Work program came to life. Men and women who are the main breadwinner of their household, but who lost their income during the corona crisis can apply to participate in the program. They will participate in activities that improve the public spaces of the camp; such as cleaning, painting, restoration work, planting trees and greenery and so. 

This has been a great success so far with amazing feedback from the community! 

So far, we have employed over 70 workers during different times, and we are still going strong with more joining inshallah!! The activities in the camp give workers a fair temporary salary while improving public spaces at the same time. We only employ women and men who are the income-providers for their household but lost their income due to the COVID19 crisis.

The economy is still suffering greatly from the restrictions and lockdown, so many families in the camp are struggling to come by each week! With your support, we can employ more. 

Our most recent activities also contribute to a healthy, clean environment in our beautiful camp. After painting the walls and planting trees, this month our workers distributed wheeled trash bins in Deheisha. The team prepared each bin with extra supplies to make it easier for the UNRWA sanitation workers to empty it. Families in the camp are very happy about this idea, and many have requested adding a bin next to their house. Great job all!

Have a look at the pictures of the hard work and let us know what you think! 

If you would like to support a household during this difficult time, GlobalGiving is the perfect place for a one-time or monthly donation. 

Have an amazing week and don't hesitate to connect with us here or on Facebook. 

Unemployed get a fair salary and improve the camp
Unemployed get a fair salary and improve the camp
And at many places beautiful paintings were added
And at many places beautiful paintings were added

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Nov 15, 2020

We're Hopeful! Restarting our social business during COVID19

Working hard at Karama's production unit!
Working hard at Karama's production unit!

Dear global friends,

How have you been? How have you been feeling about the change of seasons, the last season before we exit this year 2020? Let me tell you, here in Palestine it is still nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Many ups and downs in the past few months. But something we keep holding on to; hope. Hope that our women will know better days, that our children will know better days, that our hard-working small business and entrepreneurs will know better days. That the hardships and the many lessons this time brings will pay off for a better tomorrow. A greener, a freer, and more respectful tomorrow for all our women and children.

And Karama Organization has been taking many practical steps towards this in the last month. Initially, a lot of our energy was put into emergency distributions of food, non-food items, and cash (with over 3000 households reached). Then we worked on community rebuilding and resilience, through our Cash-for-Work program that so far has supported more than 55 households. But now, the staff has been working hard to restart the bakery activities and the production unit in Deheishe camp. These social business activities will employ many women from the camp, provide them with a fair income, and offer healthy, delicious (and often organic) food products in our regions. So we all are very excited to keep these social enterprises moving, even during the ongoing COVID19 crisis in Palestine and globally.

We have to adapt though. Due to Coronavirus, schools and organizations are not always open, sometimes businesses still close – making the marketing of our products much harder. The same for accessing our raw materials, limited mobility makes this difficult at times. The women we employ all need to receive protective materials, and ventilation and physical distance possibilities need to be up-to-date in our working and selling areas. But where there’s a will, there’s a way!

The team has been active with brand development, testing equipment, training new employees, piloting (and tasting) products and creating marketing/visibility items. Have a look at these short clips of the women in action and tell us what you think!

Link to our Youtube channel. 

Lastly, we couldn’t be more proud to see our social business initiative been recommended for a global award: the Global Enterp Awards to support social businesses working towards the Social Development Goals! We will let you know what happens next, but we are so proud and excited to be short-listed.

Thank you for supporting this initiative in Palestine!

You can check out the promotional clip here, and don’t forget to reply to us!

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