Welcome to this first newsletter!
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.
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
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
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.
Funding students in Nablus
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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01382 550210).
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 email@example.com.
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Our address is:
9 Broad Street
Our telephone: 01382 550210
Visit our website at www.fonsa.org.uk
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