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About Our Organization

Get to know Karama
Where it all began

Introduction

Dignity is not only the meaning of the word Karama; it is the purpose why Karama was established: to uphold the dignity of the Palestinian refugees. A group of locals started in 2002 as a non-governmental organization located in Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. Dedicated to improving the situation for children and women in the camp, they started with little resources but all the more drive. Karama is now an independent entity, not affiliated with any political parties, religious organizations or other groups. But we count on the friendships and partnerships with hundreds of supporters, friends and donors from all over the world.

Our History

Since the outbreak of the second Intifada in 2000, Palestinians in refugee camps all over the West Bank have been surrounded by an environment of violence, devastation, poverty, and despair. Thousands of children grow up here in dire economic circumstances, with many limitations in the area of education, recreation, mobility and future opportunities.
What started as scared families fleeing the violence in 1947/1948, are now third-generation refugees in concrete jungles with still limited hope for the future. There are currently 19 refugee camps on the West Bank alone, with around 16,000 people living in Deheishe Camp.
While services have grown in these camps, they remain depressing environments for children to grow up in; frequent violent army raids, restrictions on movement, gatherings and expression, limited opportunities for education and employment. A large part of the men in these camps have spent time in the occupation’s prison system, bruised and marked for life and -unwillingly- leaving their marks on the emotional and psychological development of their children.
The occupation leaves daily mark on the physical and emotional state of every child, woman and man in Palestine. Refugee children have lost feelings of hope, happiness and peace. These children grow up without the privileges of gardens, playgrounds, libraries and youth centers. This results in them having to be confined to their small living spaces as the streets of refugee camps have no safe space for children. Women carry additional burdens of social limitations placed on them, few jobs or economic opportunities and even less control over their lives.

To be a safe place for all who lack security and support

Karama opened its doors to support the development of both children and women, away from the violent and crowded streets.

To showcase real impactful projects can be done

With the “NGO-ization” of Palestinian society, we want to stay relevant and impactful for our communities, showcasing you don’t have to lose your values when working with external donors.

To create opportunities for empowerment

Our project support, educate, train and employ refugee youth, women and men and promote their self-reliance and empowerment, not their reliance on outside funding.

Our Women
Empowering Refugee Women.

Women in Palestine play a central role in their families and in society. Nonetheless, Palestinian women face many social and economic challenges and restriction that obscures their lives in various ways. Karama Organization sets up training, workshops, events and entrepreneurship projects which encourage women to be change-makers in their own lives, families and communities.

Our Children

Supporting Refugee Children.

We believe that supporting the education and social-emotional skills of our children is key to building a free and vibrant society. Karama works with children through educational and recreational projects that encourage their participation and engagement in the community. We also collaborate with the UNRWA schools in dealing with children needs and giving them the opportunity for living a normal and healthy childhood.

Self-Reliance
Increasing Food Security and Social Entrepreneurship

One of the building blocks of a better future is independent income-generation and generous food availability. Karama therefore always seeks ways to innovatively increase local food production and develop entrepreneurial ideas with and for our target group.

Emergencies

Responding to Urgent Needs

Through our local presence we see constantly changing needs as well as periods of increased emergency needs. During these times, such as floods, strikes, COVID19 and others Karama is providing support to the most needy. 

Want to support our work?

Karama Organization counts on our friends and supporters globally to spread the words, support our projects and be part of the solidarity movement for Palestine. What are some of the ways you want to involve with Karama?

GIVE

There are different ways to financial support or work; write us a message if you are interested or follow the link to donate on our Global Giving.

VISIT

Depending on the circumstances, Karama is looking forward to welcome visitors and volunteers in Deheishe.

CONTACT

Feel free to write us with any questions or to chat about Palestine and our work.

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