More than 150 students
In 1980 founders of the Foundation Friends of Nazareth are touched by the great unequality for Palestinians in their own country. They searched for opportunities to support young Palestinians. Therefore they took in 1989, after raising up the Foundation Friends of Nazareth in 1985 the initiative for a scholarship project in order to promote peace and emancipation in Israel. In that year, for the first time, a Palestinian student studied with the help of a scholarship.
Meanwhile, more than 150 students in Israel studied at the universities of Haifa, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva. Read more in Annual Report 2020
Religion is not a selection criterion
In the granting of scholarships the foundation does not use religion as a selection criterion. Both, Christian and Muslim students, participate in the scholarship project.
Women and men
The Foundation gives priority to women. After their study they remain mostly to live and work in their own country in education, health and legal services.
Since 1997 also students from the Bedouin communities of the Negev study with a scholarship from the Foundation. Medicine, physiotherapy and health sciences are favorite. The objective of the scholarship project for this group of students is dedicated to promote the health of these socially strongly retarded population. Girls face in the Bedouin community for cultural reasons a double discrimination, that is as a Palestinian and as a woman.
A few years ago SANA Foundation started as our partner NGO in Israel to ensure the continuation of our sholarship program. Its aim is based on the same principles as those of the Stichting and is to award scholarships to Palestinian students. A part of its funding is provided for by former scholarship students of the Stichting as they pay reinbursements of loans which were an element of their scholarships.