ANERA in the News


Women and Girl Refugees: Meeting the Needs of the Most Vulnerable in Times of Crisis

“Poverty, it is said, has a woman’s face. The same can be said for the world’s refugees and displaced. Women (and girls) disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict and natural disaster.” Read more at Medium.

Refugees are Losing Hope

Refugees are normal people. But in today’s political climate, many of them are losing hope. Read more at Muftah. 

See How these 8 Refugees are Following their Passion for Beauty

A collection of portraits focuses on young girls living in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon, as well as the hopes and dreams they have cultivated through education. Read more at Teen Vogue. 

Born in Gaza, Born in the USA

“I hope that one day, my daughters can visit Gaza.  I can’t help but wonder what their lives would be like if they were born where I was.” Read more at Huffington Post. 

Almost One Million Syrian Children Can’t Go to School

“Education for all” is one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and is a fundamental right under the 1951 Geneva Convention. But for too many children, education is simply out of reach. Read more at Mondoweiss.

Hope Hard to Come By in Lebanon Camp

Young people in Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, have few options for their future. ANERA’s vocational classes are among the ways some youth are working around their challenging situation. Read more at The Electronic Intifada.


55 Palestinian Children Graduate in Jericho and Ramallah [Arabic]

Graduation ceremonies were held for 55 Palestinian children who graduated from West Bank kindergartens that ANERA renovated and equipped. Read more at Al Watan and Palestine News Network (PNN).

Christmas in Bethlehem: A City in Need

“This year the main Christmas tree in Bethlehem shines brightly. In years past, though, it was sometimes a struggle to light it up because the city couldn’t devote the funds to it.” Read more at Huffington Post. 

Interview: Inside ANERA’s Projects in Palestine

The Jerusalem Fund’s Palestine Center sat down and had an in-depth conversation with with two infrastructure development experts from ANERA’s West Bank offices. Read more at the Jerusalem Fund.

Launch of Treated Wastewater Irrigation Project in the West Bank [Arabic]

Al Quds covers the launch of a new treated wastewater irrigation project to aid West Bank farmers. Read more at Al Quds.

Jizreel Valley Water Reuse and Distribution Network Opens [Arabic]

The recent inauguration of a wastewater irrigation project helps West Bank farmers with limited resources. Read more at Sawa News.

Inaugurating the Jizreel Valley Water Reuse and Distribution Network [Arabic]

Wafa Palestinian News & Info Agency covers the grand opening of a water reuse and distribution project in the West Bank. Read more at Wafa.

The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza

Dateline SBS talks to a mother using a greenhouse and solar cooker to provide for her family in Gaza. Watch it at Dateline SBS.

Syrian Girls Play Soccer for Peace in North Lebanon [Arabic]

Al Hurra reports on a youth athletic program for refugee girls in Lebanon. Watch the report on YouTube.

Playgrounds and Parenting from Virginia to Palestine

A personal story of how playgrounds shape children’s lives, especially in places with poverty and violence. Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

Dear Gaza: Minneapolis Artists and Musicians Gather to Fundraise at Annual Block Party

Singer-songwriter Maria Isa talks about her passion for Palestine and the upcoming Gaza fundraiser. Read the full story at Pollen Midwest.

FMEP: Report from the Field

ANERA President Bill Corcoran reports back from his trip to the field, assessing the situation in Gaza and the West Bank. Read the story at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

My Journey from Middle East Refugee to Fashion Designer

Fashion designer Celine Semaan Vernon writes about her personal story and her partnership with ANERA. Read the story at Refinery29.

ANERA Continues Support for Farmers in Al Mawasi  [Arabic]

ANERA President Bill Corcoran visits the project sites of ANERA’s agricultural land reclamation project in Khan Younis, Gaza. Read the story on Alwatan Voice and Al-Ayyam.

Fixing Broken Promises of City Life

Health risks are high when refugees move in huge numbers to new locations. ANERA health and in-kind manager Dima Zayat discusses the situation in Lebanon. Read the full article in the Novo Nordisk TBL Quarterly.

6 Facts about Life in Lebanon for Palestinian Refugees

High unemployment is first on this list of 6 horrible facts about living conditions for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, which uses ANERA’s 2012 refugeereport as a reference. Read the full list on StepFeed.

Interview with Arab Voice

ANERA President Bill Corcoran talks to Arab Voices in Houston about ANERA’s programming and the situation on the ground for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. Listen to the full interview on Arab Voices.

Recycling for Survival in Gaza

Rania Elhilou, ANERA communications officer in Gaza, pens an op-ed about the ingenuity of people in Gaza who are recycling for economic reasons to cope with the 10-year blockade. Read the full article on Mondoweiss.

Interview with Bill Corcoran about the Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

An interview with ANERA President Bill Corcoran about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Lebanon, and what this means for the stability of the country and the 400,000+ Palestinian refugees also residing there. Read the full interview on NOW Media.

DIYAFA Association Launches Website in Lebanon [Arabic]

The DIYAFA Association, a rural tourism network in Lebanon implemented in part by ANERA, launches its website and hosts a ceremony attended by Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, Michel Pharaon. Watch on The Lebanese Broadcast Corporation.

ANERA Partners with El Quds Society to Restore Land [Arabic]

In Khan Younis, ANERA partnered with El Quds Society to reclaim 360 dunums (88 acres) of farm land. Read the story on The Palestinian Information Center or Alwatan Voice.

ANERA’s Rania Elhilou on Palestine TV [Arabic]

Palestine TV interviews Rania Elhilou in Gaza and reports on ANERA’s land restoration program taking place in Khan Younis.  The program has helped 120 farming families bring their farms back to life. Watch the video.

Farmer to Farmer Initiative in Gaza [Arabic]

An article about farmers in the land restoration program who are sharing their produce with poor families displaced in the 2014 bombings. Read the full story on Alwatan Voice.

Distribution of Potato Seeds in Khan Younis [Arabic]

Reports on ANERA’s agriculture project in Al Mawasi, Gaza and the distribution of potato plants to farmers in the program. Read the full story on Alwatan Voice or on Al Ayyam.


Op-ed: What About the Refugees Left Behind?

As the Syrian refugee crisis spreads to Europe, ANERA president Bill Corcoran urges the international community not to forget about the many millions of Syrian refugees in the Middle East, nor about the host countries like Lebanon that have severely strained resources. Read the full article on The Huffington Post.

Bill Corcoran Discusses Refugee Crisis on The Bill Press Show

ANERA President Bill Corcoran talks about the plight of 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the challenges organizations like ANERA face in providing services to refugees spread haphazardly throughout the nation. Watch the interview on The Bill Press Show. 

Palestinian Scholarship Student in Lebanon Places Second on National Exams

Marwa Dirawi graduated from high school in Lebanon with the support of an ANERA scholarship. She scored second nationally on the Lebanese National Levels and will go on to study mechatronic engineering in college. Read the story on Al Watan Voice.

ANERA Analyzes Gaza Reconstruction & Humanitarian Needs

The 2014 war in Gaza left the economy and thousands of families devastated. ANERA released a a report discussing the extent of the damage and determining the needs for recovery. Read the story on Arab America’s website.

Besieged and Ignored: Gaza One Year Later

An editorial on the state of Gaza one year after the Israeli military invasion in July 2014. Includes quotations from ANERA president Bill Corcoran about the challenges of raising money to help a region that so often faces major destruction. Read the article on the World Policy blog.

ANERA and QRC Partner in Gaza Water Project Deal

ANERA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Red Crescent to conduct a project to deliver drinking water to several districts of Gaza City. The half million dollar project will start by the end of August 2015. Read the story on Qatar News Agency and on Al Watan Voice.

New Water Project for 120,000 in Gaza

A brief article introducing ANERA’s new water project with Qatar Red Crescent, which will alleviate suffering for 120,000 people by giving them access to clean drinking water. Read the story on The Peninsula Qatar.

New Sports Center to be Safe Haven for Youth in Nahr El Bared

A brief article about ANERA’s partnership with Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) to build a community sports center for youth in Nahr El Bared camp, Lebanon. ROTA goodwill ambassador and social media sensation, Ghanim al-Muftah, is helping raise funds for this project. Read the story on Gulf Times.

International Book Bank Interviews ANERA’s Jennifer Ibrahim

Jennifer Ibrahim, Director of Programs at ANREA HQ, speaks to International Book Bank about a recent disbursement of thousands of books to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Read the interview on the International Book Bank blog.

Interview with ANERA president Bill Corcoran [Arabic]

In this interview, Bill Corcoran discusses problems Gaza is currently facing, such as reconstruction, unemployment, restrictions and political obstacles. He also explains ANERA’s history in the region and gives some updates on current projects in Gaza and the West Bank. Read the story in Alhayat Aljadida.

Meet Hamila, 110-year-old Bedouin Grandmother [Arabic]

An article profiling Halima Hamdan from Al-Khasa village in East Bethlehem. Her story is one of suffering and unceasing resilience. Read the story in Al-Noura News [Arabic].

An interview with ANERA’s Bill Corcoran on Lebanon crisis

In an interview with Georgia State University’s Turkey “Study Abroad Think Tank,” ANERA president Bill Corcoran discusses the difficulties in delivering service to refugees amid compounding crises in the Middle East. Listen to the podcast on the GSU Turkey 2015 website.

Humanitarian talks families in Gaza Strip

ANERA president Bill Corcoran speaks at North Carolina State University about the severity of issues faced by Palestinians in Gaza and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Read the story on Technician Online.

Gazans haunted by psychological trauma of war

In an article about the aftermath of recent violence in Gaza, ANERA President Bill Corcoran talks about the emotional and psychological damage inflicted on Gaza’s youngest residents. Read the story in Gulf News.

For Syrian refugees, no end to the suffering in sight

With refugees from Syria and Palestine now accounting for one-fourth of Lebanon’s population, an op-ed by ANERA’s Bill Corcoran addresses the shortfall of aid and resources in a crisis far from over. Read the story in the Raleigh News Observer.


Unsung Heroes of the Gaza War: A (Very) Partial List

Haaretz blogger Bradley Burston lists ANERA among those he offers thanks for “helping people for whom the war struck with devastating impact and profound tragedy.”  Read the story at Haaretz.

New Public Park Opened in El Bireh

The latest Al Bayyara park is opened in West Bank town of El Bireh. Read the story in Al Watan Newspaper.

Everything Needed in Gaza Depends on Israeli Approval

In an article about Gaza’s reconstruction needs after the war, ANERA president Bill Corcoran talks about challenges for NGOs operating there. Read the story in Arab News.

You Can’t Print a Photo From Outer Space

Website offering scarves with special design of Gaza as seen from space has designated ANERA as a recipient of funds from its Dignity Fund. Read the story on GOOD Magazine online.

Gaza Donors Want Assurances Cycle of War is Broken

Donors gather in Egypt to talk about how to fund the reconstruction of Gaza in the wake of the summer’s bombings.  ANERA’s Paul Butler talks about the challenges head for rebuilding Gaza on NPR.  Listen to the story on NPR.

Kuwait Donates $1 Million to ANERA to Help Palestinian Children

For the fourth year, Kuwait has donated $1 million for ANERA’s work with Palestinian children in the West bank and Gaza.  Read the story on KUNA, Arab Daily News.

End of Israeli Blockade, Key to Start Rebuilding Gaza

The reconstruction of Gaza relies on opening access into Gaza for the raw materials, as ANERA president Bill Corcoran explains in this article about Gaza’s reconstruction. Read the story on

Where is Accountability for Gaza’s Children?

The compelling piece about the vulnerability of Gaza’s children during the war includes ANERA president Bill Corcoran’s observations about their special challenges and their needs. Read the story on Al Jazeera’s website.

HPIC Mobilizes to Respond to Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

HPIC is in the process of initiating a global response to this desperate humanitarian situation in coordination with its partners in the UK and Gaza. In Gaza, one of these partners is ANERA – one of the few international organizations that consistently gets health care and humanitarian supplies into Gaza. Read the story on HPIC website.

Medical Aid Reaches Gaza Before Borders Close

Just before the violence in Gaza escalated Direct Relief was able to get its shipment of vital medicines to Gaza hospitals, thanks to ANERA. Read the story on Direct Relief website.

Living Gaza’s Horror from Beyond its Borders

ANERA director of development, who is from Gaza, describes what it’s like to follow the Gaza conflict and his family’s suffering from a distance. Read the commentary on Huffpost

Operation Change

A new Oprah Winfrey television production produced a documentary about Lebanon and featured ANERA as a valuable non-profit working there. Watch the video.

Living in a Horror Movie: Gaza

ANERA communications officer in Gaza writes what it is like to raise and protect a family in Gaza in the middle of conflict. Read the story on, Read an oped about her journal on OpedNews, Read some of her journal on NPQ

Helping Refugees From Syria in Lebanon

ANERA Lebanon Country Director Samar El Yassir and Director of Donor Development Hani Almadhoun talk about the humanitarian assistance for refugees from Syria’s conflict on Radio SouriaLi. Listen to interview (from :10)

Lebanon: Healing the Hurt Among Refugee Children

With a new grant from UMCOR, ANERA is helping to ease the plight of pre-school age children in Burj El Barajneh and Ein El Helweh camps in Lebanon. Read the story on UMCOR’s site.

What Does Normal Mean in Gaza?

ANERA Gaza communications officer Rania Elhilou describes the difficult and challenging conditions that Gazans are suffering in this column for the Orlando Sentinel.  Read the commentary in Orlando Sentinel.

Palestinian Authority Inaugurates New Preschool

The Ministry of Education officially opens the first preschool class within an existing government elementary school, which was designed and constructed by ANERA. Read the story in El Watan Voice.

Syrian Crisis is Creating a Lost Generation

ANERA’s director of donor development Hani Almadhoun writes a compelling commentary about the plight of Palestinian refugees from Syria after visiting Lebanon’s refugee camps where they are sheltering in dire conditions. Read the commentary on Huffington Post.

ANERA Inaugurates West Bank Preschools

ANERA completed major renovations on the preschools in the West Bank communities of Beit Mirsim and Anab Al Kabir, with funding from Dubai Cares. Watch a clip about the inauguration ceremony on Dubai TV.

Refugees and Caregivers in Lebanon

ANERA writes about the relief program, funded by UMCOR, that is helping to ease the burden for refugee families who have fled the Syrian conflict and found shelter in Lebanon. Read the story on UMCOR’s site.

ANERA Presents Early Childhood Development

ANERA’s manager for the early childhood development program Sulieman Mleahat discusses the program, from its inception to the great strides ANERA has made in mapping out a strategy for ECD in West Bank and Gaza. Watch the video of his presentation at Brookings Institution.

ANERA’s Work with Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

ANERA president Bill Corcoran and director of donor development Hani Almadhoun talk about ANERA’s work on The Bridge, a popular TV show on Al Jazeera English. Watch the video on Al Jazeera.

Community Meetings in Bill’in for Water and School Projects

ANERA holds series of community consultations in West Bank for infrastructure projects. Read the stories in: Al WatanMaan.

Community Meetings in Nahalin on Water Project

ANERA holds series of community consultations in West bank on infrastucture projects. Read the stories in: Maan, Al Hayat.