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It’s a state of emergency in Gaza

May 17, 2019

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By Sami Matar Conditions in Gaza now are worse than they have ever been. Across all the governorates, the percentages of people who are jobless, who don’t have enough to eat, is up. Seventy percent of people in Gaza are food insecure. I see it in my own neighborhood and it’s the same situation everywhere…

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Roots in Palestine: Dedicated to Palestinian Refugees Since 1948

by Anera

May 15, 2019

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For Palestinians around the world, May 15th marks the “Nakba” (literally “disaster” or “catastrophe” in Arabic) which commemorates the 1948 Palestinian exodus during the establishment of the State of Israel. The resulting humanitarian crisis has affected geo-politics, individual states, the environment and human development in the Middle East and beyond for 71 years. It was…

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Palestinian Food Recipes From the Anera Community

by Anera

May 13, 2019

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As you prepare your breakfast, think of others (do not forget the pigeon’s food). – Mahmoud Darwish Today, in honor of International Hummus Day (yes, that’s a thing!), we share some of the delicious Ramadan recipes that have come our way over the years. Recipes passed down through family often hold special meaning. In Gaza,…

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Building A Better Future in Palestine – What’s Your Vision?

Apr 29, 2019

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A message from Anera President & CEO, Sean Carroll… During a recent visit to Palestine, I visited some fields laced by sanasil, stone wall terraces, in the West Bank. For millennia, these sanasil have protected the land they are built upon from erosion and farmer’s crops and orchards from flooding or grazing wild animals. While…

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Ramadan 2019

by Anera

Apr 24, 2019

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Each year, during the month of Ramadan, Anera delivers food packages to those in need in Gaza and Lebanon. Over the years, members of the Anera community have written about the meaning Ramadan holds for them and the importance of solidarity. In the U.S., Anera is hosting several Ramadan events this year. If one of…

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Happy Earth Day 2019!

by Anera

Apr 22, 2019

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Earth Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the threats facing our planet. In the dry climate of Palestine and parts of Lebanon, water is a scarce resource. The health of both humans and the environment suffer from water shortages, climate change and pollution. Farm fields lay fallow. Trees are few. And families have to save…

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Working to Empower the People and Environment of Palestine

Apr 19, 2019

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As an environmental studies graduate and a recent volunteer in the West Bank, where I saw firsthand the threats to the natural environment, I am reflecting on Earth Day this year through the context of the Palestinian natural landscape. The environmental situation in the Palestinian territories is devastating. A range of factors create an unhealthy…

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11 ways Anera supports achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

by Anera

Apr 17, 2019

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Considering Anera’s work within an international framework Anera’s goal is to help people in difficult situations live lives filled with dignity, meaning and hope. We do so by providing emergency supplies when disaster strikes, and by implementing long-term programs covering health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and other critical issues. Creating stronger communities requires building up…

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World Health Day 2019

by Anera

Apr 5, 2019

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Good health is a critical foundation of any society. But in poor communities in Palestine and Lebanon, families have trouble accessing quality health care. Crumbling buildings, outdated equipment and a shortage of doctors and medicines diminish the standard of care that hospitals and clinics can provide. And restrictions on movement cause patients to rely on…

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International Women’s Day 2019: Women Who Inspire Us

by Anera

Mar 29, 2019

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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are highlighting a woman every Friday from either Palestine or Lebanon who is a leader in her community, changing social norms or making the world a better place.  Nihal Halimi Engineer in Lebanon “It was really hard for me to enter…

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