Central Nablus

Central 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 Central 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 and Participation
  • 4 children's groups were supported by one of our local partners, giving children a safe place to meet or an adult leader to help them
  • 7 child protection campaigns were led by children and youth, empowering them to speak out against harmful attitudes and practices
  • 8 children and youth are involved in child protection processes in their community, creating a more secure environment where children understand their rights
  • 22 parents in our programme now better understand the harmful impacts of physical discipline, helping to protect boys and girls from abuse
  • 102 girls and boys took actions to help end violence against children,, empowering them to speak out against harmful attitudes and practices

  • 7 teachers who completed our preschool training scored 80% or more in their test, helping them to prepare young kids to do well at school
  • 10 preschool teachers using our programme went to four sessions a year where teachers learn from each other, helping them better prepare young kids for school
  • 24 group leaders were trained to run our parenting programme, so they can help mums and dads to give their babies the best possible start in life
  • 31 community events about early education and parenting took place, helping parents to create safer homes where kids can learn, grow, and play
  • 567 parents completed our group parenting sessions on child health, protection, and early education, helping them to give their babies the best start in life
  • 1,200 children are participating in extra-curricular activities, providing educational activities and social support outside of school

  • 8 local organizations were trained to run a program teaching life skills to youth, fostering responsibility among young people and equipping them to make positive choices for the future
  • 10 group discussions were held for caregivers of children, sharing valuable information about child development and stress management

Community Governance & Ownership
  • 7 service learning projects were planned in collaboration with community members and local government, encouraging community spirit, volunteerism and positive changes
  • 12 community group leaders are active in their roles, leading at least two meetings per month focused on improving children's lives
  • 60 children shared their thoughts and ideas as part of an annual progress review, empowering them to help shape the future of their community
  • 260 people were given information about World Vision and our work for children, empowering them to share their feedback with us

Results of World Vision Canada's partnership of projects in East, Cental and North Nablus, from October 2019 to September 2020


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 children and youth feel a sense of pride and belonging in 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 participate in extracurricular activities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:

  • Promote proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles, especially among pregnant women and parents with very young children.
  • Build the capacity of health care workers to teach mothers about improving 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 Central Nablus can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:

  • Empower families to employ their land and skills more efficiently to yield better harvests.
  • 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 Central Nablus

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 Central Nablus


In Central 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 Central Nablus is critical. A lack of awareness about proper nutrition and childcare practices negatively affects children’s health in particular. 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 facilities.

Economic Development

Earning a living in Central 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 constraints, 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

Central 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.