2016 Projects

In 2016, HAFSA supported one of Sabastiya’s nurseries by purchasing ten round tables and chairs.

Nursery table

We also provided the girls’ school with a photocopier.



Hens and Cockerels for Sabastiya

The Hen & Cockerel project was a huge success. HAFSA and the people of Sabastiya would like to thank everybody for their donations. The 400 hens that were bought for needy families are busy producing eggs and have also produced new chicks so the families can continue to count on a steady supply of fresh eggs and poultry. Read more in the Autumn 2014 Bulletin.


The first batch of hens has arrived

The first batch of hens has arrived!

About the project

Currently we are fund raising to buy 500 hens and 100 cockerels that will be distributed to poor families in Sabastiya.
We have already purchased 50 hens and 10 cockerels and the response in the village has been tremendous. We are looking forward to sampling the fresh free range eggs during our next visit in May!

How can you help?

Sunday 13 April: Hen (and Cockerel) Party!
Join us for an evening of delicious food, a quiz, singing, Easter egg hunt, raffle, bar and much more!
£10 a ticket, please book in advance as we need to know numbers for catering purposes. Book by phoning 0208 5673446 or email moc.o1586224847ohay@1586224847eltru1586224847ttrop1586224847yat1586224847
6.00pm onwards At Monika and Martin: 33 Manton Avenue Hanwell W7 2DY
Buy a hen
With our vouchers you can now buy someone a hen for Easter or any other occasion! The £10 voucher will go directly to buying a hen and having that hen delivered to a needy family in Sabastiya.
Order from Andree 0208 5673446 or email:  *protected email*
hen voucher

Hen voucher


Sabastiya Guesthouse

kayed_palace_bedroomHAFSA was pleased to be one of the international groups that supported the development of the Al Kayed Palace Guesthouse in Sabastiya. This guest house opened for business in November 2013 and subsequently hosted the Zaytoun Harvest Tour.

How we helped

We bought beds, bedding and heaters for the winter, but as importantly we encouraged the village to go ahead, which they did with gusto!

We are committed to continuing to supporting them and to helping increase tourism in Sabastiya. HAFSA and the Twinning Network tour will be staying there for three nights in May 2014 and the Zaytoun Harvest Tour will again stay in November 2014.

About the guesthouse

The Al-Kayed Palace Guesthouse is an Ottoman-era palace that was built for the Al-Kayed family in around 1855. Palestinian cultural NGO Riwaqin helped to renovate the palace so it could serve as a community hub for the Union of Women’s Committees for Social Work in Palestine and, later, as a guesthouse.

The guesthouse has beds for 17 people, and can accommodate singles, twins or multiple occupancy at a variety of very reasonable prices. All the rooms are en-suite. There is a communal dining/meeting room and wonderful views. Traditional home cooked Palestinian food is offered at breakfast and also evening meal if required.

Members of the women’s group also work in the guesthouse, and goods such as soap, embroidery and jam made by local women are sold there.

Check out their website for booking and more information.


Hafsa Members Visit to Palestine.


In May 2013 eight members of HAFSA travelled on a field trip to Palestine. We stayed 4 days in Sebastya staying at the new amazing guest house which is a restored ancient castle. Set in the rolling hills and olive groves it was a wonderfully peaceful after the bustle of Jerusalem.

Anybody interested in going next year spring 2014, please email Andree, at *protected email*


Olive Tree Planting

In Autumn 2012, HAFSA raised funds to buy 500 olive trees for families in Sabastiya. On December 17th, 400 of these were planted on lands around Sabastiya.

Olive trees are of vital importance for subsistence in Palestine, supporting the livelihood of over 100,000 families across the occupied West Bank. In two years’ time, these olive trees will begin bearing fruit. May they live a long and fruitful life!