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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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Anera Then and Now

by Anera

Nov 5, 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   Hospitality is the key to success for…

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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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Honoring my parents by giving back

by Anera

Oct 4, 2018

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By Awad Da’Mes I have lived with my family in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia for the last four decades ever since we moved there from New York in 1978. We were the first Muslim family in the region. I have lived in the U.S. for the better part of 60 years – but…

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A Career in Early Childhood Development Leads Back to Palestine

by Anera

Sep 10, 2018

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By Dr. Ilham Nasser Dr. Ilham Nasser reflects on the journey that led her to work with Anera as an early childhood education specialist and become a leader in drafting and launching the first national curriculum for preschool and kindergarten education in Palestine. Research studies inform us that the first six years of life are…

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Blessed in My Activism

by Anera

Sep 6, 2018

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By Elaine Marie Kinch I’ve been concerned about justice and human rights since I was young. I became an activist after I began raising my children. For me, if people’s rights are violated, if they are systematically impoverished, then there can be no sustainable peace. One of my professors at the University of Wisconsin saw…

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Promoting Good Hygiene in Burj El Burajneh Refugee Camp

by Anera

Sep 5, 2018

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In the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon lies Burj El Barajneh; the most densely populated Palestinian refugee camp in the city and home to more than 17,000 registered refugees; all living within a mere 1 square kilometer area. Overcrowding, poor economic conditions, and social and political marginalization have made the community in this camp vulnerable…

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