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Friends of Nablus
and Surrounding Areas


FONSA newsletter November 2012

We are delighted to inform all our supporters that we have a new campaign! We hope you will be as excited as we are.

And just in time for Christmas, you can now order our gift certificates online.

 Newsletter 7 on our website.

New Campaign

Supporting nursing and midwifery students in Nablus

In response to a request from An Najah National University we have started a campaign to support students of Nursing and Midwifery in Nablus. They will be essential for the new teaching hospital in Nablus.

There is a growing need for specialist medical services in Palestine which currently lacks some of the more advanced treatments. Many patients have to travel abroad which delays treatment and is very expensive for them, their families and the Palestinian economy.

As part of their strategic planning, to encourage more young Palestinians, both male and female, to choose nursing as a career the Nursing Department at An-Najah National University in Nablus has asked FONSA to support this initiative. We wish to help fund both existing students who are training to be professional nurses and midwives and those who wish to enrol in the future.

We select the students in co-operation with the Nursing Department, based on two criteria: the marks in their school leaving exams (ie like our A level, called in Palestine the tawjihi) and their financial need.

And in a short time we have made a start: Muhammad Yusef, Madlin, Dua, Iman have now all started their nursing studies as part of our project.

How much does it cost?

Each nurse or midwife studies two semesters a year for four years. At £550 per semester (including registration fees) the whole course costs £4,200.

How can I help?

You can contribute directly to sponsor a student. Or you can raise money for this project through a fundraising event. However much you can give or fundraise will enable us to sponsor these needy students.

Donate online

Donate by cheque

Please make cheques payable to FONSA and send to:

FONSA Treasurer,
56 Hathaway Gardens
W13 0DH

We also encourage regular payments by standing order–see our website:

FONSA gift certificate
Nurses & Midwives gift certificate
Buy Gift Certificates

You can donate with a gift for friends and relatives, as Christmas presents or in memory of someone you love. You choose how much to donate and we ask for £1 for each certificate.

Gift certificates can be ordered online or you can phone Nehad on 07759 734 011.

Gift Certificates

Olive Tree Gift Certificates - for Christmas

Only so many shopping days left ...
FONSA gift certificate
Olive tree gift certificate

Please remember our campaign to “Give an Olive Tree for Christmas” when you are drawing up your present lists. These give a practical boost to the lives of farmers and families in the villages in and around Nablus.

You send us the donation (£4 for each olive tree) and we return an attractive gift certificate (£1 each). The easiest way is to order online.

How to order Gift Certificates

We now offer the option to order certificates online through our gifts page where our full range of certificates is listed. Ordering online is easy and ensures that all the information we need is available. You make a payment either online via credit/debit card or by sending us a cheque.

If you do not with to order online you can phone Nehad on 07759 734 011.

Donations for Gift Certificates can attract Gift Aid if you are an eligible UK taxpayer so please tell us if this applies to your donation. It gives us an additional 25% income at no cost to you.

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Correspondence for the Treasurer and donations should be sent to: FONSA Treasurer,
56 Hathaway Gardens
W13 0DH

Our registered address is:
FONSA, 9 Broad Street, TAYPORT DD6 9AH Phone: 07803 159 231

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

Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (known as FONSA)
is a Registered Scottish Charity No. SC038502

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