Get Involved
Karma is dependent on private donors in order to secure sustainable funding. Since Karma’s work is based on volunteer work, we are always in need of new volunteers/members who dedicate part of their time to work with us.
Donate
Karma’s work is dependent on private donors. Therefore, every small amount matters to help Karma make a difference.
Adopt a case
Karma’s cases are often in need of long and costly medical treatment. If you adopt one of Karma’s case you can contribute to this sustainability by making sure the patients receives his/her medical treatment until the end.
Become a member
Karma’s work is solely based on effort and dedication of its volunteers. Our volunteers’ work ranges from helping at our sales and fundraising events, contributing to our administrative work and supporting our patients and their families in the period of treatment.
Follow our work
Karma’s work is dependent on people spreading and sharing its cause. Therefore, it is essential that you follow our work on social media (Facebook/Instagram), spread the word about our work and come to our events.
Who we are
  • Karma is a Lebanese NGO registered at the Lebanese Ministry of Interior in November 2015 under the registration number 2565. Karma was founded in May 2015. Through fundraising and personal donations we raise money to pay for the tertiary medical treatment of refugee and underprivileged children here in Lebanon. Karma provides not only financial but also psyho-social relief for people who have already dealt with a lot in their lives. Karma believes that every child deserves access to healthcare regardless of nationality, religion, social class or diagnosis.
  • Karma’s main focus lies in funding tertiary health care, i.e. treatment for chronic and severe diseases, of children and adolescents. Karma makes no distinction based on nationality, ethnic origin, religious or political affiliation. All children deserve access to healthcare. Karma works closely with the patient and their family to be sure that their needs are met and that they understand both the treatment and health care system here in Lebanon. Karma’s volunteers know each case intimately and therefore every patient has a face.
  • Karma is organized by passionate and dedicated people. Every member of our group operates on a voluntary basis. We share the common belief that everyone has a right to health care and we work hard to make that a reality. All of the money we raise goes toward paying for medical treatment for children.
Our Events
Spread the word about our work and come to our events.
Ahla Fawda, Street Festival Hamra
31.05.15
Spinneys Hazmieh Sale
03.07.15
Badaro Open Streets
19.09.15
Elle Fiesta 2015, Ain Mraiseh
26.09.15
Brute l'Atelier, Garage Sale, Mar Mkhael
09.10.15
Marathon Beirut
08.11.15
Zico House Karma Garage Sale, Sanayeh
13-15.11.15
Mezyan Vintage Bazaar & Book Sale, Hamra
13.12.15
Our Principles
  • Karma’s main focus lies on the tertiary health care – i.e. chronic and/or severe diseases – of children and adolescents.
  • Karma makes no distinction based on nationality, ethnic origin, religious or political affiliation, in supporting the patient in need.
  • Karma tries to keep administrative costs as low as possible so that nearly all revenues/donations are spent on the medical treatment.
  • Karma’s members are all volunteers.
Our Team
Get to know some of our team members.
Alaa Najjar
secretary
Mariam Younes
treasurer
Adnan Najjar
member
Paul Achcar
member
Karma and the Lebanese health system
A huge gap in Lebanon between the private and the public health sectors.
Many Lebanese do not benefit from any public or private health insurance and are therefore dependent on the services of the Ministry of Health, which partially refunds medical treatments administered in hospitals. Since the outbreak of the Syrian war, large numbers of refugees fled to Lebanon. In November 2015, the total number of registered Syrian refugees amounted to 1,075,637 persons, a majority of which belong to the deprived social segment, and are therefore dependent on aid organizations for the provision of basic services, including health care. In addition, the number of Palestinian refugees registered at the UNRWA amounts to 455,000 persons, most of them living in precarious conditions in one of the country’s 12 refugee camps. An unknown but increasing number of Iraqi refugees also live in the country.
Karma in the media
Karma's success stories
  • Milan was two years old when she was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma, a severe kind of childhood cancer. Milan’s family was originally from Barzeh close to Damascus, and has been living in Lebanon since one year. When we heard about the case of Milan she had started chemotherapy at Rafik Hariri University Hospital but there was no longer any financial help for her treatment. Along with its different partner organizations Karma decided to help. Milan underwent a lengthy and costly treatment consisting of chemotherapy at RHUH, and subsequent autologous bone marrow transplant and radiotherapy at AUBMC. In November 2015, Milan had finished treatment, a month later the family moved to Canada with the UNHCR resettlement program. Milan just turned four and will enter school this year. Recent medical tests showed not signs of cancer cells.
    Karma’s volunteers will never forget Milan who loves her older sister Marianna, the colour green and is a passionate little dancer and storyteller. We wish her all the best in Canada…
  • Kamar is a 10-year-old girl from Maysan in Southern Iraq. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeolid Leukaemia (AML) in summer 2015. No appropriate treatment available in Iraq, the family left for Beirut where Kamar started treatment at Geitaoui Hospital. Treatment for AML patients is very costly so the family was soon not able anymore to cover the treatment. Kamar’s mother approached Karma so we decided to help. Kamar’s treatment lasted for about six months and consisted of long and difficult hospital stays. After her chemotherapy sessions, Kamar was often suffering from infections, neutropenia and fever. After six months of treatment, bone marrow biopsy showed no signs of disease. The result came at the same time when Karma organized its first party for its children. Kamar was there and we were happy to celebrate the end of treatment with her. Kamar is back to Iraq now, glad to be with her siblings and family. We are looking forward to seeing her soon again for her aftercare tests…
Karma's Partners
Acute Support for Children and Adolesents in Lebanon (ASCAL)
Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRF)
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Ouidad Hachem Foundation
Kids First