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Determining Our Own Destiny in Palestine and Beyond

by Anera

Dec 10, 2018

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by Gene Zaid From the Refugee Camp to the United States I was born in Jalazone Refugee Camp in 1951 (north of Ramallah in the West Bank). My parents came from a village near Lod called Beit Nabala but became refugees along with my grandparents, uncles and aunts after the 1948 war. My family now…

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Anera Then and Now

by Anera

Dec 4, 2018

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This page will revisit some of the thousands of projects and people who Anera has worked with over the years to see where they are now — from universities that got their start with Anera’s help to teachers who changed their classroom with new skills they gained. #anerathenandnow   In 2010, Anera kick-started its early childhood…

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The Cornerstone of Palestinian Society: Family

by Anera

Nov 28, 2018

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Families have always been the cornerstone of Palestinian society, and serve as the first place where children can learn respect, self-esteem, responsibility, community and most importantly love. These values, when amplified in society at-large, shape a nation. That is why Anera strives to deliver projects and programs that directly benefit Palestinian families in the West…

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Serving up hope

by Anera

Nov 21, 2018

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Soufra brings traditional Palestinian dishes to the streets of Beirut Anera’s work is only possible with the help of our local partners. One of those partners, Mariam Shaar of the Women’s Programs Association (WPA) in Lebanon, helped launch a food service company providing delicious Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine. Mariam was born to Palestinian parents in…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Anera

by Anera

Nov 20, 2018

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From all of us here at Anera, happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! Your support has allowed us to continue our critical work helping refugees and vulnerable communities in Palestine and Lebanon, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We’re heading into a busy holiday season, so I hope you’ll take just one minute…

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Enjoy a Recipe from Gaza for Palestinian Date Cookies

by Anera

Nov 8, 2018

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Last year, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera supported eight women’s cooperatives with dough mixers, pans, cooking utensils and stoves to support their professional work and help them generate income despite the difficult economic conditions in Gaza. To say thank you to the Anera community, the women of Al Hakoura Women’s Cooperative have shared their favorite recipe…

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I have never forgotten this humane and creative organization

by Anera

Nov 1, 2018

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By Dagny Bilkadi I was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where my father was a staff doctor at the Mayo Clinic. My mother was from a Navy family. As a young woman she joined the Red Cross at the start of WWII. She was sent to a Naval hospital in Algeria, where she met my father.…

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Anera’s Impactful Programs in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza

Oct 15, 2018

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In July 2018, I traveled to Lebanon, Jordan, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. I visited 24 current and past Anera projects in Lebanon and Palestine, including eight in Lebanon, six in the West Bank and 10 in Gaza. This trip came at critical moments in each country. In Lebanon, even as it is still…

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Anera’s Land Reclamation Projects in Palestine Bolster Rural Communities

Oct 15, 2018

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Terrace walls are almost as ubiquitous as the olive trees that grow behind them on the arid hills of the West Bank. The crumbling remains of terraces cut by Roman farmers dot the landscape. Driving along the steep road that leads from Qabalan to Jorish today, the role that terraces continue to play in conserving…

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International Day of the Girl 2018

by Anera

Oct 11, 2018

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Today, October 11, is the International Day Of The Girl as designated by the United Nations. Since 2012, the date has focused attention on the challenges and barriers confronting girls worldwide. The 2018 theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, highlights the critical importance of ensuring girls have access to the education, skills, and training that they…

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