East Nablus

East Nablus' Community News

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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.
Child Protection
  • 23 individuals passed their training to become a Go Baby Go facilitator
  • 3268 people educated in child protection initiatives
  • 2 safe play areas constructed or rehabilitated and accessed by children 
  • 79  parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 14  parents and caregivers attended workshops on good parenting, teaching them skills to improve family relationships and how they raise their children.
  • 15 tools were provided for disaster risk reduction
  • 3 education staff were trained on psycho-social support 
  • 430 children are participating in extra-curricular activities focused on psycho-social support
  • 2 parent or caregiver group facilitators were trained in World Vision's Learning Roots parenting approach
  • 37  parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 84  preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 319 households received home visits and counselling on topics to improve the health and nutrition of their families
  • 66 activities were conducted by health club committees
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with neighboring community
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.
  • 81.8% of children under 5 years old with presumed pneumonia were taken to appropriate health provider in 2017 increasing from 71.7% in 2016, increasing their chances of recovery
Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in East Nablus, Jerusalem West Bank Gaza in 2017

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current conditions

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

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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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.