Firefly provides ongoing support for young Palestinians through local partners and regional projects.

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Photo by Emily Keen

Support for Youth in Nablus, West Bank

Firefly supports young Palestinians by supporting the Nablus-based charity Project Hope, which also works in the refugee camps and villages of the Nablus governorate (pop. 389,328), where it teaches English and delivers other essential education, arts and sports programmes. Project Hope does this by bringing volunteer instructors from around the world to work with Palestinian instructors teaching and learning with Palestinian children. It is the largest volunteer organisation of its kind in the West Bank, welcoming every year nearly 100 people (often more) from dozens of different countries. It further works together with local partners (schools, community centres, universities) to expand its reach to as many young people as possible. In 10 years it has helped improve the lives of thousands of young Palestinians. Click here for more information.

Nablus (2016 pop. 153,061) is an economic and cultural centre, and the largest Palestinian city in the northern West Bank. It has often been a focal point for violence with Israel, especially in its large refugee camps: Al Ayn (pop. 4,829) Old and New Askar (pop. 14,085) and Balata (18,502). Conditions were particularly harsh during a siege that cut off movement into, and even within, the city from 2002-2009. That was a period of frequent armed clashes between Israelis and Palestinians that altogether has left devasting scars on the social fabric of the community, and the children who have grown up in it. Most of those children have personally seen horrible acts of violence, and all to often been victims of it themselves.

Our partnership with Project Hope is Firefly’s second longest ongoing partnership. It was first established in 2007 by Firefly’s late founder and Director, Ellie Maxwell, and our current Director Jeremy Wildeman, who was then the cofounder and Director of Project Hope.

Firefly’s critical support to Project Hope includes core funding, online media management, fundraising, project development and project reporting. We get this done through our network of supporters and leadership by the Firefly Palestine Committe.