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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Depending on the circumstances, Karama is looking forward to welcome visitors and volunteers in Deheishe.
Feel free to write us with any questions or to chat about Palestine and our work.