Oct 22, 2019

Autumn News from our Bakery - Deheishe - Palestine

Warm cheese breads from the oven!
Warm cheese breads from the oven!

Dear friends from Karama’s Bakery,

The past few months have been a whirlwind of deliveries and orders; weddings, graduation parties, children’s festivities, birthday celebrations and community events - many have been served with the delicious produce from the Karama Bakery. The Bakery’s name got established in the direct community and people start to know our place… this is a great start!

The group of committed women are working together as a team and sharing in the workload to get the best breads, pizzas and sweets ready. They all have received training and instruction, and a more or less fixed menu is established by now. Which doesn’t mean we are not open for innovation and trying new recipes – the women do! The Bakery’s staff gets paid according to the hours they work each week in the bakery and they started to experience the positive feelings of independence and empowerment when they have control over their time, income and spending. One lady who recently joined the bakery’s team enclosed that she was delighted with her first salary and eagerly used it to buy gifts for her sisters and husband to mark a special occasion.

Did you notice that Karama is also promoting this bakery on social media?!

The management team is eager to take more steps however to reach a more sustainable production level for the Bakery and improve our business management. This is where your input is so much needed and welcome.

First Action Point: One young lady will be trained in more management skills, so she can be more pro-active in the daily management of the bakery; taking responsibility for preparing orders, tracking sales and purchases and support the marketing of the bakery.

Second Action Point: More funds will be devoted to branding and marketing, with developing an official logo and label for the bakery being a first step. This will be a great addition to the deliveries, who will then be able to be marked with the official Karama name and logo and contact details. This added visibility will lead to more orders inshallah and more economic activities for the women.

We hope you will join us in these efforts and continue to support the women from Karama’s Bakery! A big thank you for your solidarity.

Warm wishes from the whole Karama team.

Keep an eye on our facebook page for more pictures and updates!

Delicious Sweets are also on the Menu!
Delicious Sweets are also on the Menu!
The team delivered orders from 15 to 5000 pieces!
The team delivered orders from 15 to 5000 pieces!

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Oct 17, 2019

Karama Update on the summer of 2019!

Creativity and new skills during Karama's camps
Creativity and new skills during Karama's camps

Dear friends and supporters, 

With the first raindrops of the season falling on our streets, cars, fields and schoolchildren today, we can't avoid the feeling that the summer in Palestine has really come to a close. We are thankful for the change of season, the rain on a thirsty land, cleaning the ripe olives on our olive trees. But it is long time that we are sharing some of the successes and smiles from the last months though, showing you what Karama was able to organize last summer - with your help!

While the rooftop greenhouses project demands most of our attention (oh and don't forget the community bakery!) it still is a priority for the Karama team to fill the summer with activities for the children of the camp to recreate, relax and learn something new and interesting. It was the aim, like each year, to not just offer a space to laugh and have fun, but also to grow personalities, open up minds and leave the children better equipped and inspired to walk into a new school year. Cause in Palestine, you never know what the year brings...or what the day brings. 

The summer activities had lots of creativity going on, but also field excursions that stressed the historical and geographical meanings and values of the different field sites. The camps had a stricter age division so the children could really benefit and grow with their peers. The activities in this way could be better adjusted to the interests and capacities of each age group. See the pictures for an impression of some of the activities. 

Not only did Karama organize activities in the center, but we also partnered with other local institutes to offer much more to the children. For the first time, Karama partnered in a music summer camp, that introduced the children to new skills and endless creativity. What a fun way to spend the long summer break! 

Thank you for your support and ongoing interest in our work. We are excited about the upcoming plans and activities for Karama and look forward to sharing you in these. Come by or send an email - we would love to hear from you. 

Best wishes from the whole Karama team. 

New experiences during Karama's summer camps
New experiences during Karama's summer camps
Field visits to explore new aspects of Palestine
Field visits to explore new aspects of Palestine
Boys and Girls from different age groups attended
Boys and Girls from different age groups attended

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May 29, 2019

Seasonal Wishes from Karama Team

Ramadan wishes from the Karama team
Ramadan wishes from the Karama team

Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating and we wish you all over the world a month of meaningful reflection and exchange of peace and kindness in your communities. Some of us may be fasting very long hours, others shorter, but we hope all of us will experience the beauty of this act of workshop and solidarity.

Karama, of course, organized community activities during this month of Ramadan, to share in the spirit of this month. Among them were several food-making workshops for the women and a group iftar for all participants of the Rooftop Greenhouses project. Later this months inshallah, another food distribution will take place to provide assistance to the most needy families in Deheishe camp.

All of the 110 greenhouses are planted again in the last few months and the women are growing a variety of herbs and vegetables this time. We are also looking forward to start construction soon, with the training started for another 30 women in three refugee camps! Slowly we will be reaching the whole Palestinian refugee community – with your help!

Know that Karama Organization cannot continue this work without your support. The funding from the EU that has enabled this large expansion of our work will only cover 89% of all costs! We, therefore, need to continue to increase other donations to be allowed to continue with this important project in the community!

During the group iftar Karama Organization honored some of the most active and productive women in the Rooftop Greenhouses project. Have a look at this video that we made about them! https://youtu.be/0Wi0edgH8Lk

Group Iftar with the women owning a greenhouse
Group Iftar with the women owning a greenhouse
Enjoying the meal and each others company
Enjoying the meal and each others company
Honoring the most active & productive greenhouses
Honoring the most active & productive greenhouses

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