Brous started BUSTAN as a grassroots direct-action network of volunteers in 1999. BUSTAN is most well-known for organizing hundreds of volunteers to construct and run a sustainable health clinic in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi el-Na'am in 2003, in order to raise international awareness of the environmental and land rights concerns of Bedouin citizens of Israel. Brous and her organization have been one of the most effective advocates for Bedouin concerns internationally, bringing hundreds of citizens and dozens of journalists on tours through hard-to-access regions of the desert (including, most recently NPR) In 2005, Brous launched the pilot for the Children's Power Project, an initiative to bring solar power to sick children in unrecognized Bedouin villages. In 2007, after eight years of running BUSTAN, Brous transferred directorship to current Director Ra'ed Al-Mikawi and left Israel. Today the Children's Power Project as well as its Green Center in Beer Sheva are BUSTAN's main foci.
Upon leaving the organization, she commented: "I happen to agree with the criticism that Israel should not be singled out as the only country perpetrating egregious human rights violations, but where I’m coming from is that Israel should be held to a standard, of the human rights violations committed in other countries in this region. A nationally recognized speaker within religious Jewish and environmental justice communities in the United States, Brous is now centered on the U.S. West Coast, where she continues to lecture on Negev concerns today.
Building a peace: Palestinians, Israelis and internationals join together to rebuild demolished homes and a lasting peace.(against the current)
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