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New Greenhouses in Gaza Help Families Provide for Themselves

by Anera

Nov 24, 2020

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Anera has built greenhouses for 66 families across Rafah and Khan Younis in Gaza. Now families grow their own tomatoes, cucumber and eggplants.

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Nov 20, 2020

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We will update this log regularly to provide an ongoing report back to donors on the ways Anera is responding during this COVID-19 crisis. We will also be providing occasional updates about conditions on the ground and our staff. Please visit and share this page often! We are also creating Arabic-language COVID-19 health materials addressing…

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Beirut Explosion: Responding in the Aftermath

by Anera

Nov 17, 2020

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A cataclysmic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020 killed 180 people and injured another 6,000. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. Emergency rooms are over capacity with badly injured people, and medical supplies are quickly being depleted with no restock available. A large swath of the city has been destroyed…

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Remembering the Forgotten

by Anera

Nov 12, 2020

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How Lebanon’s refugee and other vulnerable communities are coping after the Beirut blast and in increasingly dire circumstances | Anera hosted this webinar on October 7, 2020. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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My Coding Journey in Gaza

Nov 4, 2020

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Khaled writes about his transformative experience in Anera’s career acceleration program It all started when my job ended, late in 2019. I was a mechanical engineer by trade, but I ran across a Facebook ad for Anera’s Palestinians Leveling Up Skills (PLUS). The program promised high-demand tech and professional job skills training for Palestinian youth in…

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Palestinian Families in Gaza Can Now Buy the Food They Need

by Anera

Oct 20, 2020

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In the midst of rising poverty, 2,700 Palestinian families in Gaza are now able to buy the food and household items they need. Thanks to funding by Islamic Relief USA, Anera is able to distribute grocery vouchers 🛒🧾 to some of Gaza’s most vulnerable and food insecure families. Fourteen grocery stores throughout Gaza are participating…

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Anera Students in Bekaa Help their Communities

by Anera

Oct 15, 2020

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Students in Anera’s UNICEF-funded vocational educational programs in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon are helping their local communities by cooking meals, making face masks and rehabilitating homes. Our students get the best of all worlds: they learn on the job, they earn income, and they help!

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Empowering Girls to Build Better Futures in Palestine & Lebanon

by Anera

Oct 11, 2020

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Every year, October 11 marks International Day of the Girl, a day to recognize and support the rights of girls around the world. This year’s theme is “My voice, our equal future.” One of the key points of this year’s theme is empowering girls to learn new skills towards the futures they choose. Anera recognizes…

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Anera in 2020: Responding to COVID and the Beirut Explosion

by Anera

Oct 7, 2020

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2020 brought unimaginable challenges to Palestine and Lebanon. Anera had to pivot its work not once, not twice, but three times. From “normal” political and economic challenges to revolution and economic collapse, then to COVID-19, and, most recently, to the terrible explosion that rocked Beirut.

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Giving Back And Doubling My Impact

Sep 30, 2020

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Connecting Communities Through Workplace Giving I am an ardent supporter of Anera. My contributions are made possible through the Community Connections Program at the World Bank: a workplace giving initiative organized to encourage its employees to give back to organizations that support their interests.  I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. My father was…

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