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Friends of Nablus
and Surrounding Areas


Welcome to this first newsletter!

September 2008

Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (FONSA) is now just over a year old. The four trustees have jumped successfully through all the hurdles to set up as a registered charity and are now busy fund raising. We would like to thank all those who helped with advice and all those who have donated generously. This newsletter is to let you know how we are doing. Newsletter 1

Recent Activities

Yanoun School Bus

April 2008

Presentation of funds for Yanoun school bus We received a donation of almost £2,000 from the Woodcraft Folk in Scotland to help with the running of the Yanoun School bus. The children of Yanoun (a village in the Nablus Governorate) have to travel 4 miles to their secondary school, walking is not safe.

Yanoun Primary School

April 2008

Teachers of Yanoun school with their purchases We donated £100 to Yanoun primary school for basic equipment. They chose to buy a cassette player, ink for their computer printer, a memory stick, a CD writer, disks, paper, whiteboard and pens.  On the whiteboard it says "Thank you FONSA" in English and in Arabic.  They were very happy.

Self-help for blind young women

April 2008

We donated £50 to the "An Nour" Association for blind women. We were very impressed by their work which aims at empowering blind young women to be become independent and proud by teaching them a full range of skills for a home and a commercial life. Young women of An Nour at a meeting table

Funding students in Nablus

September 2008

In cooperation with AMRA College in Nablus we have offered assisted places for 11 students on their International Computer Driving Licence Course. This is a significant funding initiative on which we will report with more details in the next newsletter

Current developments


Encouraging growth

We have been very encouraged by the growing number of donations. Several regular commitments (some by standing order) are invaluable in building up our long-term ability to support education in Nablus. We are also grateful for one substantial donation which enabled us to get off to a strong start by funding 11 students for the computer course described above.

We are now able to accept donations by Standing Order. The form is included on our leaflet or you can download a larger version from our website at

You can also donate on-line (with a debit or credit card) at the FONSA page of the Charity Choice website. This is supported by the Cooperative Bank so it costs us nothing.

Please remember to tick the "Gift Aid" box if you are a UK taxpayer. It gives us an additional 28% income at no cost.

Future plans

Future Plans

We are developing links with An Najah University and Al Quds Open University, both in Nablus. As our funds increase we hope to be able to support students of poor families to study at these universities.

We are happy to help community initiatives in and around Nablus. If you would like us to help in a special area please let us know.


The website is undergoing change and will soon have a new design (created in Nablus) with more photos and information about our activities. As reported above, you can now donate on-line or print out the standing order form.

Christmas cards

With Christmas approaching one of our Trustees has designed two special cards. Buy these cards for 50p each or a pack of 10 (2 designs) for £4 (p+p £1). To order, please send a cheque payable to FONSA to our address below (or email or phone 01382 550210).

Santa at the Checkpoint Mad Santas Rally
Santa at the Checkpoint             Mad Santas Rally
(Click on text or image to see a larger picture of the card)

EID Fund-raising Dinner

We are always looking for ways to raise funds. We are having a dinner in Dundee on 30th September 2008 to celebrate EID (the ending of Ramadan). Tickets are £10 - for details and to buy tickets phone 01382 550210 or email

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Our address is:
9 Broad Street
Our telephone: 01382 550210

Visit our website at or use a credit or debit card to donate on-line

Copyright (C) 2008 FONSA All rights reserved.
Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (known as FONSA)
is a Registered Scottish Charity No. 038502