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Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe

by Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development
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Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Micro Farms for Refugee Women in Deheishe
Rooftop Greenhouses with logos
Rooftop Greenhouses with logos

Hi from the Karama Team in Palestine!

While there would be a lot of negative news to open this newsletter with, (here for example, and here) let's look at the achievements that WE have reached TOGETHER - enabled and empowered by your support! Do you know that until now in this year, 60 more rooftop greenhouses are growing and producing in Palestine? We've been training an additional 60 women this year, who have been eager to learn new skills and go on a personal empowerment journey together. Most importantly, these new greenhouses were not just limited to Bethlehem region! But we are slowly spreading out to other regions, starting with Hebron region where 20 greenhouses were placed in Arroub Camp. 

Arroub camp has around 10,000 inhabitants and is located directly along main road 60 connecting Jerusalem with the southern West Bank, with several military watchpoints surrounding the camp. The area is very tense and dangerous as different Jewish-only settlements have been established in the valley, greatly limiting movement and access to for example agricultural fields for the residents. Arroub camp has one of the highest numbers of army raids of all refugee camps in the WB; consequently clashes between residents and the army are frequent as well as the excessive use of tear gas, sound bombs and plastic-coated metal bullets by the occupation army. As with other camps in the West Bank, Arroub is characterized by high unemployment, overcrowding and poor living conditions. Many refugees continue to live in substandard shelters. Now, 20 women are frequently meeting for training and connection, while 20 green spaces are flourishing and producing tomatoes and cucumbers. The community is also benefitting from social events, community meals, and excursions.

To save the best for last: Karama is currently trying to assist another 10 women in the Old City of Hebron! :D (don't tell any further yet...) For the ones of you who have been to Hebron know how hard life is for the families living in the Old City...restrictions, military presence, harassment all on a daily basis. If Karama is able to assist some of the neediest family with a greenhouse that supports their livelihood and empowers the owner that would be amazing! 

Stay updated on this and other development through our project's website and Facebook. Also move over to Karama's Facebook page for pictures from last month’s summer camp! The kids had a blast :) 

Stay in touch! Talk to you all soon! 

Proud participants showing their tomato harvest
Proud participants showing their tomato harvest
New greenhouses planted and growing!
New greenhouses planted and growing!
Women discussing important issues together...
Women discussing important issues together...

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Karama present at the Bazaar!
Karama present at the Bazaar!

This month, Karama kicked off its production of traditional food products by the hands of our refugee women, who are all participating in Karama's Rooftop Greenhouse project! (The project YOU donated to!) A nice selection of products is now for sale locally. The market was entered through a local event, organized in the newly opened UNRWA clinic. 

Karama is now the proud producer of tasteful traditional food products, like different types of jam (strawberry, orange, raisins), pickles, zaatar, date paste and dried yogurt in olive oil. All these products are made by the women active in Karama’s project, under the supervision of the project’s engineer. Raw materials are sourced from local farmers, and soon the greenhouse production can also be used. Through this initiative, refugee women will become social entrepreneurs developing a fabulous end-product with both market and social values!

Let’s take a moment to send a big thanks to our Karama staff, all project participants and the local UNRWA office who participated with us in the local Bazaar!

During one of the Bazaar days, the UNRWA organized a workshop on a serious reoccurring problem in the camp namely the use of tear gas by the Israeli army when they storm the camp (day and night). The lecture covered the impact of the gas on children and elderly among other things and equipped all who attended with relevant information on how to deal with this issue. It also confirmed the illegality of this use of this type of gas in densely populated areas especially close to the schools or family homes. It is clear the occupation army is not following any international treaty or human rights convention with regard to this issue and tramps the needs and rights of our children and women. 

Some of the seniors attending this event were the head of the UNRWA in Deheishe camp, head of UNRWA in the Southern West Bank and the director of operations in Palestine, namely Scott Anderson. They all spoke much appreciation for the work Karama has accomplished in the past year, and we were so happy to show him some of the fruits of our hands. I believe the Strawberry jam was favored by most of them! 

Something else that was showcased during the Bazaar were the handicraft and knitted products from the women, who have been active in the last 2 months with knitting lessons. Many of them started fresh in this area and were able to already develop a beautiful selection of wool and cotton products. It is lovely to see the results of their hands, but also see the women pleased with being active in a useful way; creating beautiful items that will be happily used by the lucky buyer. 

Remember, Karama products are now available for selling locally and who knows soon in a store near you! ;) 

Any smart marketing minds are welcome to show their interest in supporting us with Luay!

Email us at luay@karama.org with any feedback or comments.

 

OR hit REPLY to this email!  

UNRWA officials checking out our produce.
UNRWA officials checking out our produce.
Karama started selling jams, pickles, yogurt& more
Karama started selling jams, pickles, yogurt& more

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Khalti Hasna harvesting in her greenhouse
Khalti Hasna harvesting in her greenhouse

WELCOME TO AN UPDATE FROM PALESTINE

Karama Team hopes you've enjoyed the holiday season with your loved ones, no matter where or how you've celebrated. In all gratefulness, here at Karama we've quite some success to celebrate as well - because the women we work with are just amazing! 

Keep on reading! 

CELEBRATING SUCCESS 

To mark the completion of the first harvest season, a celebratory lunch was organized for all the participant of the rooftop greenhouse project. Every woman who owns a greenhouse and works diligently every day for the growth of her plants was invited to join in the event. Members of the Karama team as well as UNRWA officials who are supporting the project, were attending to honor the women. Special recognition was given to the women who produced the most in their greenhouses and brought the most harvest to Karama to sell. And all of them enjoyed a delicious meal together! Up to a new harvest season.

SHARING SUCCESS

One of our goals is to let the impact of our projects come life for YOU: our donors everywhere around the world. One way of doing this is through sharing success stories that portray the impact of the project on the individual level of the project participants. The first participant we want you to meet is khalti Hasna. This 62-old lady climbs the stairs to her small rooftop every day to take care of her little “children”. However before, her sickness kept her sitting at home alone most of the time. Read more about how the project impacted her and changed her health for the better.

Please follow here for the full story: http://www.karamagreenhouses.org/news/sharing-success-khalti-hasnas-story.html?lang=en

Don’t forget to stay in touch on our Facebook page! 

PS: do you know that we're publishing more frequent news updates on our website and Facebook page. Find the links below. 

During the celebration lunch in Karama
During the celebration lunch in Karama
Cooking the dinner with the volunteers
Cooking the dinner with the volunteers
Distributing the new seedlings to the women
Distributing the new seedlings to the women

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Picking the fruits from their hard work!
Picking the fruits from their hard work!

Welcome to this fall update from Deheishe Camp. There is so much exciting news to share about the expansion of our greenhouse project, but first we should say;

We are so happy you are part of this!

Some of you have been reading our updates and supporting our work since the very beginning and know how we were struggling to put one or two simple gardens for the women in the camp. Now Karama is expanding this initiative and that is only possible because people like you believed in us from the beginning! So… a big thank you!

Now, let’s see what happened since our last update.

-          The first 60 greenhouses from the project are fully completed and in use! With assistance from the agricultural experts, all gardens are planted with cucumber and growing well.

-          First harvest; from mid-September on the women started picking their cucumbers and this was such an exciting and satisfying moment for them. They were really picking the fruits from their hard work!

-          First products made by the women groups: the women received training from specialists about the preparation of a wide variety of homemade products and they applied this to their own production. So far, the women came together to make pickled cucumbers and molasses / dibis.  

-          Meetings took place with two major donors concerning the work and they were very pleased with the progress and impact of the project on the lives of the women already.

Karama team is working hard to a) continue expanding the greenhouses to other camps (soon we should be officially in Hebron region!) and b) develop the idea of a social enterprise by assisting the women in their business idea of homemade food production from their gardens. Also, we will soon start planting an other variety of vegetables in the greenhouses, as the life cycle from the cucumber will come to an end.

Attached are some pictures of the training sessions that all participants have weekly in Deheishe camp, Aida camp and Al Azza camp. Also we show you the fruits from their hard work, the growth in the greenhouses.

Keep in touch: write / like / post on Facebook or by email and communicate with us or about us!

Training meeting with food production specialist
Training meeting with food production specialist
Look at them growing!
Look at them growing!
Delegation meeting our participants
Delegation meeting our participants

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NEW: Footage of the newly built greenhouses!
NEW: Footage of the newly built greenhouses!

Hi Supporters!

 

This is a quick news message from Karama to point you to two very exciting events!

1)      BBC, Palestine TV, Aljazeera… what do they all have in common? They all recently published TV reports on Karama’s efforts to improve the food security for refugees and bring innovative economic activities into the camps.

Most recently a documentary from Palestine TV was published with interview with our project manager Luay, the project’s engineer and beneficiaries. Even though the report is in Arabic, I am sure you would love to catch a glimpse of the construction of the NEW greenhouses! :)

 

CHECK THE REPORT HERE 

 

The BBC report from past spring about the new development can be viewed on our Facebook, so quickly follow the link to watch.

2)      Don’t forget to claim your bonus on BONUS day! Wednesday 12th of July your donation to our projects will be matched by 50% at GlobalGiving. So get ready to claim! Here are the times around the world;

Palestine time: 4PM Wednesday afternoon till Thursday morning 7AM

London time: 2PM Wednesday afternoon till Thursday morning 5AM

Washington EDT: 9AM Wednesday morning till midnight

 

PS: Soon the Karama documentary about the new developments of the Rooftop Greenhouses for refugees will be ready! We are waiting for the English version to be finalized so watch out for this next step soon. 

Check out the TV report..and dont forget the BONUS
Check out the TV report..and dont forget the BONUS

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Location: Bethlehem, West Bank - Palestine
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