SANA Foundation our partner 

SANA Foundation is our partner NGO in Israel. Its aim is to award scholarships to Palestinian students, the same principles as those of the Stichting.

SANA is the Arab word for ‘the Light’ and the letters as such stand in Arabic for ‘Academic Women Together'. This name was given to the foundation at its constituent meeting on 14 February 2009.

Trees Kosterman about SANA FOUNDATION in 2021


A difficult year

The past academic year has not been an easy one for our students. Covid -19 had a big impact on teaching programs and all lectures were online.

The euphoria about the end of lockdown was cruelly disrupted by the outbreak of an open conflict between Palestinians and Israel with Gaza as its dreary center. But also, within Israel and the West Bank tensions rose between the communities.

Meanwhile our students persevered and carried on with their studies as best as they could. Usually most of our students have jobs on the side to make some extra money but this year this situation made that almost impossible.


Developments SANA Board

The current board functioning since 2017 is working well together as a group and has a solid base. Shortly we will welcome two new members. With financial support by the Stichting coaching 9 students at the moment, two of whom will graduate soon.

We have been able to reorganize our banking matters, which is not an easy matter here with a user-unfriendly banking system. The financial report for Rasham Ha’amutot’, i.e Registration of Charities, was prepared by an external accountant and the procedure has been completed.



Fundraising is one of our priorities. Building on the highly appreciated donations from The Netherlands we are creating a network of our own and having with various donor organizations. We owe a lot to the Vrienden van Nazareth, our coaches, from whom we have learnt a lot. We hope that private donors in The Netherlands will continue to support us in the future. At this point we are in the middle of a transition period to

become an autonomous NGO. This academic year we will support the first student solely with our own financial means.

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'Palestinian women, empower their future'

Gerdien Wolthaus Paauw



June 2021


Annual report 2020


Palestinian women

by Fatmeh Kassem


Policy Plan 2020-2022




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Fundraising for the scholarship project


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