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News from the Karama Center - Summer 2013Building our center... The last months saw a lost of unusual activity in the Karama center... Breaking walls, digging holes, mixing cement, moving trees - the kids in Karama saw a lot of strange things happening in our backyard!
But it was about time to restore the playground at the back of our building. Sadly the floor was broken and the area was in need of a full restoration project! After months of searching for funds, Karama could finally start to make the area safe and attractive again for sports and group activities. We raised the height of the surrounding walls, renewed the water waste system and levelled the floor. This all took a lot of energy and efforts, but the end result is superb!
The ground was covered with a grass mat which will increase the safety of this area greatly! No bruises or bleeding knees anymore, the kids can run and drop as much as they want. The area now offers a lot more space for activities. We can not wait to use the area for a bunch of new games and sports!
Green grass is now covering our backyard!
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.
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!
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