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Human Rights Day

by Anera

Dec 10, 2019

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What is Human Rights Day? Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, often abbreviated as the UDHR. Article one of the Universal Declaration proclaims that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity…

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World Soil Day

Dec 5, 2019

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Naser Qadous is Anera Palestine’s Agricultural Programs Manager Restoring the Environment To feed the world we need healthy soil. Agriculture is almost totally dependent on water and soil. Aside from hydroponics, which is small scale, soil is essential for farming and much else. For me, soil is life itself. For the West Bank and Gaza,…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Anera! – 2019

by Anera

Nov 22, 2019

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In 2019 we accomplished a lot together with our dedicated supporters. In 2020, we will work hard to do more and better. President & CEO Sean Carroll thanks members of the Anera community and lays out a vision for next year. Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! – from your friends at Anera.

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My introduction to the Palestinian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Nov 19, 2019

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In the late 1970s, during a lull in the Lebanese Civil War, a small plane laden with 60 tons of medications landed at the Beirut airport. The air shipment was the result of a real grassroots effort. As a student at the University of Munich in Germany, I had joined a small group of people…

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Lebanon: A Revolution — Inside/Out

Nov 14, 2019

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Messages from Lebanon’s youth I was in Washington DC last month for Anera’s annual gala on October 11. During my visit, I also participated in a series of strategic meetings and events. I had a very fruitful week there. I met young professionals who, like me, work in the field of development. I also met young…

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Update from Gaza

by Anera

Nov 13, 2019

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Conflict between Gaza and Israel is once again escalating this week. The following account of the current situation for civilians in Gaza comes from a call with an Anera Gaza staff member. “It was quiet for about 6 hours overnight but the bombing started again at around dawn. “We’re all so tired of this in…

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Honoring two long-time members of the Anera community

by Anera

Oct 31, 2019

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At our Annual Dinner on October 11, 2019, Anera proudly honored two wonderful supporters:  Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, for his years of service to Anera, to diplomacy and to the greater good in the Middle East, and the Tarazi family, for leading by example and for giving back to Palestine through education, humanity’s most important investment. Edward…

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Wildfires and mass protests – an update from Anera Lebanon

Oct 25, 2019

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I am writing this from home because we haven’t been able to go to the office. This is now the ninth day of demonstrations. The day before yesterday the protests accelerated and there are now more roadblocks. Even if you live in Beirut you won’t be able to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in a…

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5 unstoppable girls of the Middle East

by Anera

Oct 10, 2019

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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 GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable, and we’d like to introduce you to a few strong and inspiring girls we know from Palestine and Lebanon. Heba “I wore my first prosthetic leg…

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World Teachers Day

by Anera

Oct 4, 2019

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Today, October 5, is World Teachers Day, an annual UNESCO thematic day to recognize the essential role that teachers worldwide play in creating opportunities and hopeful futures for the next generation. Providing teachers with the skills, recognition and tools that they need to excel is vital to achieving the fourth UN Sustainable Development Goal on…

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