Started in April 2012, we have created rooftop gardens on the houses of several women in the camp, to help them provide there families with a fresh produce of vegetables as well as address some of the other physical and psychological needs of the camp inhabitants. The project started with training workshops for 11 women, and meetings to let them develop the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain their garden. After this, the materials have been distributed and the small plants have been placed in the tubes, under a cover of Hessian to protect them against the hot sun. Now it is up to the women to care for their gardens, while they still will have the possiblity to meet regulary and discuss any issues that arise with each other and the trainer. Hopefully they will already benefit from two harvests in the first year!
International volunteers run workshops in which they share their skills with our local women. For example, our Scottish volunteer Addison completed a jewellery making workshop with them. She showed the women how to make brooches, necklaces and little gifts with beads, felts, fabric and resin. The women loved this workshop in which they could be creative and make something with their own hands.
Karama regularly arranges English classes for women. Currently, there are very few women in the camp who speak sufficient English to give interviews to foreign journalists or to speak with international volunteers on their own. The courses offered by Karama improve the women’s possibilities to communicate and provides them with better opportunities to attend university as well as for finding work. Women who have not used their English for a while have the possibility to refresh their knowledge.