Karama is a NGO situated in Deheishe Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Since the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 the inhabitants of the camp are - just like their compatriots in other refugee camps in the greater region - surrounded by an environment of violence and hatred, devastation and poverty as well as fear and despair. The Palestinian economy, already suffering tremendously from the ongoing roadblockades, restrictions and curfews, is about to break down. As a result of the Intifada Israel has tightened up the situation. The policy of eliminating potential enemies of the Israeli state but actually killing civilians when those actions are carried out, the destruction of houses and the siege of whole cities and areas is now part of the daily Palestinian life.
In these adverse circumstances Karama's center in Deheisha Refugee Camp could well be considered an oasis which provides a safe place for women, children and adolescents offering them different activities and supporting them in many fields. Karama (arabic for dignity) is working independently and is not affiliated with any political party or movement.
The activities at the camp are designed for camp residents between the ages of 10-24. Our tutors have coordinated programs in English, art, music, dance, human rights, children rights, women rights, psychological care, cultural exchange, and media and technology training. We also encourage our students to develop their own ideas and organize activities which they think will benefit personal growth and the community.