HAFSA is a twinning organisation set up to forge a link between the people of Hanwell and the people of Sabastiya in Palestine.  Twinning brings friendship and understanding and encourages visits and grassroots educational and cultural links between the two communities.

Why Twin with Sabastiya?

Palestinians in the West Bank have been living under military occupation for 44 years. They feel isolated and forgotten by the world.

A friendship/twinning link offers the people of Hanwell a better understanding of the situation and culture in Palestine and would give the people of Sabastiya a window to the outside world.

The idea originated from a “Palestine Day” held in Hanwell. A group decided they would like to twin with a town in Palestine and Sabastiya was looking for a partner.

Our Aims

HAFSA’s main aims are:
  • To promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Hanwell and those of Sabastiya
  • To encourage visits by individuals and groups to and from the linked villages, including children and young people and the development of personal contacts and by doing so to broaden mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational, educational and commercial activities of the linked villages.
  • To promote and encourage twinning projects between Hanwell and Sabastiya particularly of an educational and commercial nature (i.e. local crafts and produce)
  • We are not political, but we will draw attention to the hardships suffered by the people of Sabastiya and to abuses of human rights.

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