It is important to plant olive trees to protect and keep the Palestinian land for the Palestinians. On this page you will find more information about the work of the foundation Plant een Olijfboom (Plant an Olive Tree). How and why to sponsor olive trees, travel to Palestine, volunteer, become a friend of the foundation, and find the coordinates of your sponsored tree.
Sponsor an olive tree
You can have a tree planted in Palestine in your own or somebody else's name. Sponsoring a tree costs 20 euro per tree. With this you also support the foundation to raise awareness in the Netherlands about the occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land and the reality of living in Palestine.
Travel to Palestine
Each year Plant een Olijfboom promotes and organises several trips to Palestine in cooperation with our Palestinian partners, like the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the YMCA and YWCA in Palestine. Discover Palestine while planting trees in February, learning about Land Day in March, picking olives in October or celebrating Christmas in December.
Each trip consists of learning and doing. You help farmers to harvest olives or plant trees. We visit different places and organisations. You will learn a lot in a short time about the reality of life in Palestine.
Would you like to travel to Palestine with your own group or at a different time of the year than the trips on offer? Please contact us for advice.
Are you interested in a trip or if you have questions, let us know using the form at the bottom of the page or send an e-mail: [email protected].
Background and Importance
About one million Palestinian olive trees have been lost since 2001. The destruction of trees goes on to this very day. The consequences are serious because many Palestinian farmers and their families are dependent on the income coming out of olive trees.
Olive trees are cut down for construction of the wall, expansion of settlements and construction of highways which connect these settlements with each other and with Israel.
This Israeli policy is a violation of international law and is consistently and unequivocally condemned as illegal by the international community.
Plant een Olijfboom plants olive trees in areas where farmers risk losing their land through confiscation by the state of Israel.
Act and volunteer
Would you like to help Plant een Olijfboom as a volunteer? Great! Although speaking Dutch comes in handy with our work, there are all kinds of things non-Dutch speakers can do. Skills in design, promotion, proof reading English texts, can be put to good use. Also organising a lecture, event, sponsor run or dinner to raise money and awareness within your own network or the English speaking community, is very valuable. If you have an idea and want to act, please contact us using the form below or send an e-mail to [email protected].
Become a friend
Would you like to support us in raising awareness in the Netherlands about the situation of the Palestinians? With this you help us to help farmers protect their land and livelihood from confiscation. Please send us an e-mail or fill in the contact form below for more information on how you can make structural donations and become a friend. If you'd like to make a one-time donation you can transfer your much appreciated contribution to:
St Plant een Olijfboom, IBAN: NL53 TRIO 0198335857
To transfer money from outside of the Netherlands you will need this BIC code: TRIONL2U
Find your tree
If you have planted one or more trees you can find them through the database that was set up by our Palestinian partners. Your tree will be planted during the planting season from December to March after you sponsored the tree. Click on the button to find out the name of the farmer and where your tree is planted.
Foundation Plant een Olijfboom
"Keep hope alive - Plant an olive tree!" is an international campaign of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA Palestine. By planting olive trees together with Palestinian farmers we try to keep alive the hope of a good future. In the Netherlands Plant een Olijfboom focusses attention to this campaign, and supports their work through raising awareness, sponsoring trees and organising trips to Palestine.
The Palestinian campaign "Keep hope alive - Plant an olive tree!" started in 2001. In 2004, Cordaid, ICCO, PAX and the Dutch YMCA and YWCA joined forces to raise awareness in the Netherlands for this campaign. In 2015 the foundation Plant een Olijfboom was established, to build an independent organisation and expand the successes of the past decade.
Foundation Plant een Olijfboom stands for a just peace in Palestine and Israel with equality for all civilians, including Palestinian refugees.
Supporting Palestinian farmers by increasing awareness about the situation in Palestine and showing solidarity by sponsoring olive trees.
To achieve our vision and mission we focus on:
- Solidarity with the Palestinian farmers
- Information / awareness about the situation of the Palestinians
- A well-functioning organisation
If you have any questions about traveling to Palestine, sponsoring trees, volunteering, raising awareness, becoming a friend or anything else, please contact us!