East Nablus

The needs in East Nablus


In East Nablus, as in other parts of the West Bank, there are many barriers to getting a good education. It is difficult for students, parents, and school faculty and staff to be engaged in the education process. Old and overcrowded buildings and inadequate equipment are partly to blame. A lack of teacher training makes things even more challenging. 

Extracurricular activities are nonexistent, and students lack a sense of belonging. The illiteracy rate in some areas is higher than 10%, and there is little community participation in school life.

Health Care

The health care situation in East Nablus is critical. A lack of awareness about proper nutrition and childcare practices has a negative impact on children’s health. Access to clean, safe water is limited, and children are especially prone to infections and waterborne diseases. Further complicating the situation is the lack of access to health care.

Economic Development

Earning a living in East Nablus is challenging in many ways. Farming is the main source of income, yet families struggle to thrive. Many families have endured the loss of jobs and income because of the political and economic situation.

Inadequate natural resources, a lack of access to markets and technical support, and limited marketing and farm management skills keep incomes low. Large amounts of land are in need of cultivation or reclamation but social and political constraint, along with a lack of capital and support systems, make it difficult to do so.​
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East Nablus' Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The East Nablus community is located about 60 kilometres from Jerusalem. The Mediterranean climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Most people depend on farming to earn a living, with production focused on olives and olive oil. The electricity grid is weak and internal roads are in poor condition. 

The Israeli occupation has made daily life a struggle, especially for rural households. These families have lost their main source of income because of restrictions on Palestinian labourers working in the West Bank and Israel. Restrictions on the flow of agricultural products have also harmed livelihoods. Families still hold out hope for a better life for their children, however, and are ready to work hard to make that happen.
  • 50 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 10 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 21 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 37 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 116 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 116 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 898 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases               
  • 1,510 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*This data reflects achievements in East Nablus and 2 neighbouring communities.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Refurbish and renovate schools and kindergartens to help students feel a sense of pride and belonging at school.
  • Empower teachers with the necessary training and tools to apply modern teaching techniques.
  • Improve children’s reading, writing, and numeracy skills.
  • Provide children with opportunities to express themselves and to participate in extracurricular activities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide education about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles, especially among pregnant women and parents with young children.
  • Build the capacity of health care workers to teach mothers how improve their children’s health, including how to make healthy meals from locally available foods.
  • Rehabilitate household cisterns and build new water sources to help protect children from waterborne infection and disease.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in East Nablus can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Empower farmers to employ their land and skills more efficiently to improve harvests and income.
  • Train community members in sheep farming, beekeeping, and olive oil and almond production to help those with limited access to land.
  • Increase farming cooperatives and improve their access to markets to help maximize profits.
  • Work towards land reclamation to boost economic security.

Explore East Nablus

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

East Nablus in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.