Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas

Supporting Palestinian development in and around Nablus

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Our projects

Boy preparing to plant an olive tree
Young Palestinian planting a FONSA olive tree
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FONSA works with people in Nablus and its surrounding villages to ensure that projects deliver what they want and need.

Help Us To Plant 10,000 Trees In Nablus!

The people of villages around Nablus stand to lose their lands if they are not farmed. FONSA is part of a project which is planting 10,000 trees in villages around Nablus in the Palestinian West Bank. Read more ...


Palestinians are very keen students yet often lack the funding needed for courses which can be quite expensive. Read more ...

Water Tanks

Approximately 220 towns and villages in the West Bank are not connected to the water grid and have to find ways to provide water to their inhabitants. Read more ...

Water Pump for Khirbit Twayil

We have provided the people in this remote and threatened area with a water pump to help the farmer to draw the water from the Roman wells. The pump helps the people to have the water easier by saving their time, and physical efforts when using the traditional methods. People in Twayil are happy for that and they find their life much easier before they received the pump. They can have the water for their house uses and for their animals.

Classroom (library) for Ma'adama boys' school

In co-operation with Friends of Ma'adama in the UK, we have built a classroom for Ma'adama boys' school by providing the fund and contracting with the contractor and facilitating all the construction process via our local partner in Nablus (Hayat Centre) who organised the bids, the contracts, the monitoring engineer, and monitored the expenses. The class room now in use and it is of great help for the school. Based on the same co-operation we also have provided some educational devices for the school which are now in use in the same school.

Educational facilities for Ma'adam girls' school

We have provided this school with educational facilities to be used by the academic staff in the school. Facilities such as LCD projector and scanner. The equipment is now in use, and the staff are happy with because it helped them to improve their educational provision.

Medical equipment for blind girls in Asira Al-Qibliyah

We have provided advanced medical equipment for two sisters in this village who are suffering a serious problem in their visual sight. We have bought the equipment from UK and our trustees delivered it to Nablus by themselves. The equipment was of great help for the two sisters especially when comes to their study at the school.

Helping in finishing a medical clinic in YATMA

In coordination with Friends of Yatma we have provided the local clinic with construction materials and to make ready for use by the local residents.

Providing internet connection in Yatma

In coordination with Friends of Yatma, we have provided internet connection to Mother's school association in Yatma. The association become more connected with other organisation, in addition to a good use for the association purposes by the association staff.

Older & Completed Projects

The trees are planted in vulnerable areas where they are much needed by the villagers who warmly appreciate this help. Many of their existing trees and crops have been wilfully destroyed. Land is being taken for settlements roads, separation barrier and military zones. Olive and fruit trees are the traditional livelihood of this area.

Many families rely heavily on the harvest of olives and fruit but lack the money to increase their yield. Planting your new trees will provide them with a long-term livelihood and demonstrate support for their futures.

Donating Trees

To buy the trees and plant them costs:
£4 for each Olive Tree
£2 for each Fruit Tree

You can help by donating olive trees and/or fruit trees.

  • Either fill in this form and send it to us with a cheque
  • Or donate on-line.
    Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving Please use the message box to tell us your donation is for trees and which type (olive and/or fruit).

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Trees as a gift

FONSA gift certificate
Fruit tree gift certificate

FONSA gift certificate
Olive tree gift certificate

You can donate a gift of trees for a friend or relative. We send you an attractive gift certificate (£1 each) which you can give them. It explains the project and why it is important for Palestine. Details are on our Gifts page.

Progress so far

Thanks to so many generous donations we have almost completed a first planting in each of the first batch of villages we identified (shown on the map in blue). These are: Yanoun, Khirbet Tana, Khirbet Twayel, Burin, Qusin, Deir Sharaf, Smeet, Deir El Hatab, Azmout, Burqa, Assira Al Qbliya and Madama.

Olive Trees   3,172 planted
Fruit Trees   410 planted
Total   3,582 planted

We have now planted in a second batch of villages (shown on the map in green): Iraq Burin, Awarta, Urif, Yatma.
And we will plant in these villages during the next planting season as donations come in: Dahya, As Sawiya, and Al Lubban.

Map showing villages where trees have been planted

The blue circles show villages where FONSA has already planted trees.
The green circles show villages where trees are planned.

For a good understanding of the impact of settlements on this area, a highly informative map is produced by the UN (Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs). It shows the location of settlements and their size. You can then see how they encompass large areas of Palestinian land within the occupied Palestinian territories.