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Emergency classes in Karama during the UNRWA staff strike!

 Since the beginning of December 2013 the UNRWA employees have stopped their daily work leaving the refugee camps without services like education and health care. Several attempts to solve the crisis has led to nowhere so far, but the effects of this strike on the children is potentially disastrous.

Missing the structure and classes of the UNRWA schools could greatly influence the children’s learning process and future! Karama started to provide emergency classes in collaboration with some teachers, to make up for some of the missed study hours. Every early morning, the children line up at the Karama center and participate in Arabic, Maths and some outside games. This helps these young ones to not fall behind too much in these important subjects. However, to reach more children we still want to attract more teachers in this initiative and create more tables and benches. An effort you are welcome to support! 

teacher in karama unrwa strike


Canadian fundraising efforts!

karama library cardsThe facilities of our library are soon to be enlarged as two previous volunteers from Canada have been able to raise funds in their home country! Emma and Holly joined Karama in 2012 and greatly supported Karama's library during their stay. Back home they continued to be supportive of Karama, which resulted also in the collection of funds. With this generous donation we will be able to purchase more books, as well as hire a local volunteer to take regular care of the library system. In this way more children will be allowed to take books out and we hope to soon welcome the women of our community as well to use our selection of adult books! 

Karama's efforts to provide these educational facilities are now more needed then ever. The school teachers in Palestine started an open-ended strike this week - because of their discontentment with the working conditions and unfulfilled promises by the government. This means the children do not have any classes at the moment and the volunteers at Karama are doing their best to fill this gap! The strike signals again the dire status of what is so much needed in our society: education that empowers the young generation.
Thank you for helping Karama  be a safe and meaningful place for the Palestinian youth! 


First Summer Camp 2013!

This summer Karama started off with a very special activity. Our long-term supporters know we have brought together kids in different settings before - exchanges with Denmark preceded in previous years. This year however, we arranged a different coming together... 

The village Khirbat Zakariya, became completely surrounded by settlements as the Etzion settlement block was constructed around it. The villagers face intimidation from settlers who pressure them to leave their land. They are not allowed to build on their land, resulting in a lack of living space let alone safe recreation places! Settler intimidation makes it difficult or sometimes impossible for the villagers to travel or receive guests. This makes the kids here isolated from other Palestinian communities. Though it is only a small distance away from Deheishe our communities barely meet.

So Karama teamed up with UNRWA and Education Department to bring together the children from Khribat Zakariya and Deheishe Camp for a week full of activities, new experiences and new friends.  The camp encouraged the children to interact, make friends and learn about each others' situation. Educational and fun activities were organized with the help of social workers, aimed at providing a positive outlet for the children's energy. Karama was able to provide all the costs of the camp, which included transportation, food, day trips, equipment and t-shirts for all the 65 participants. 

karama summer camp khribet zakaria . karama summer camp 2013

This experience made a lasting impression on the kids, who benefit greatly from building new friendships and getting to know their peers. The interaction during the camp thought them new things and contributed to their feeling of confidence and self-worth. In Palestine we are sometimes even unable to meet our neighbors in the next village, but this summer camp tackled this problem for a short time! 

karama summer camp garden