How many journalists can fit in one greenhouse..? Karama was on a mission to find out! :)
Naturally, Karama is interested to further spread the word about the achievements in the Rooftop Greenhouses project through the different media channels locally and internationally. Many journalists have already visited Karama and since the early beginning of the greenhouse initiatives a list of (inter)national media have covered the benefits of the local production. In October however, Karama and Wattan TV undertook combined efforts to connect with the many local news networks active in Palestine to spread the message of Karama: empowerment of women through local initiatives in the refugee camps. For this event, Karama welcomed18 journalists from different local news networks in the West Bank for a press tour for its rooftop greenhouse project.
The project team accompanied the journalists on a tour to some of our greenhouses in Al-Deheisheh camp to introduce them to the project and its beneficiaries. When visiting Ms. Amina's rooftop garden, she led the journalists on a tour in her greenhouse that is planted with tomatoes (which is her third planting season). Ms. Amina talked about her love for agriculture and her eagerness for the success of each planting season.
The group then returned to Karama Center, where the journalists filmed press interviews with the team and some beneficiaries. Here, Ms. Fayza, a greenhouse owner since 2017, talked about the social and economic impact of the project. She said that her seasonal production is usually around 120 kilograms. Ms. Hasna who has a greenhouse planted with Thyme talked about how now she dries the Thyme and sells it to Karama.
Finally, the project manager Mr. Luay Abdel Ghaffar talked about the significance of empowerment projects like this in the camps to create an opportunity for women to have their own source of income and help her family. He shared why this project is necessary in terms of creating a green environment in the camp and maintaining the connection between Palestinian refugees and their land. All in all it was a great event, with delicious hospitality from Karama's bakery.