The Karama Organization for Women and Children's Development
is a non-governmental organization situated in Deheishe Refugee Camp
near the West Bank
city of Bethlehem
that aims to empower youth and women through creative activities and educational programs. The Karama Organization(Arabic for dignity) works independently and is not affiliated with any political party or movement.
Karama's center is located behind the UNRWA Deheishe boys school, and offers free after-school programs during the school year.
During the summer and winter breaks from school, Karama organizes camps in order to keep children active and engaged.
Karama was established in 2002 by a group of international and Palestinian individuals and registered with the Palestinian Authority in 2003 as non-governmental organization.
These individuals believed that the educational environment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories had deteriorated dramatically in the aftermath of the Second Intifada
. Karama's founding mission to provide a safe place for children to play and to provide free academic and social education programs for the community in Deheishe.
Initially, Karama's educational focus was to be exclusively on children, with its social programs addressing adults in the community. In an effort to assist a illiterate mother monitor her son's progress in school, Karama initiated a women's education program. A group of twelve illiterate women participated in the... Read More