In late 2019 supporters of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project came together to raise $5,430 (Boulder’s altitude in feet) to purchase olive tree saplings for the Nablus Governorate.
The plan at the time was to bring the funds and a brigade of volunteers from the Front Range of Colorado to Nablus to help farmers in villages adjacent to Nablus plant the saplings.
Alas, that trip never happened, postponed due to COVID travel restrictions. The Board of Directors decided, after realizing that another trip to Palestine may not occur for an unknown amount of time, we best send the funds that were raised while still in the rainy season so that the trees can be planted immediately and thus not require irrigating.
We just learned from our colleagues in Nablus that a nursery was selected to provide the baby trees, Al Juneid Nurseries, and that we will be able to purchase 1,400-1,500 trees to villages in greatest need (these tend to be those surrounded by settlements and experience continued damage by malicious settlers).