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Beirut Explosion: Responding in the Aftermath

by Anera

Aug 10, 2020

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A cataclysmic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020 killed at least 150 people and injured another 5,000. 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…

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Aug 6, 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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Emergency Response in Lebanon

by Anera

Aug 5, 2020

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You’ve been hearing from us about the dire situation in Lebanon. Yesterday’s events are unprecedented. After the cataclysmic blast in Beirut, Lebanon needs your help. Beirut woke up today to over 300,000 homeless, thousands injured and likely hundreds dead from yesterday’s blast. Your support is needed today to get critical medical and humanitarian supplies to…

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A Brief Status Update on the Explosions in Lebanon

by Anera

Aug 4, 2020

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A massive explosion in the port rocked downtown Beirut this afternoon, with shockwaves felt many kilometers away, as far as Cyprus. At least 10 people have been reported dead thus far, and over 1,000 people injured. Preliminary reports from authorities are suggesting it was an accident. Thankfully, all of our staff are unharmed, although some…

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Understanding Education in Palestine and the Need for Educational Aid 

by Anera

Jul 29, 2020

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What does the educational system look like in Palestine? Learn how educational aid can transform classrooms & change the lives of young Palestinians.

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Vocational students in Lebanon combat COVID-19

by Anera

Jul 27, 2020

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Abdul Rahim is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. While still a child, he had to drop out of school to support his family. Recently, the teen enrolled in one of Anera’s vocational education courses on sewing. Now he is employed full-time making face masks and helping Lebanon combat COVID-19.

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Getting PPE 😷 to Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

by Anera

Jul 24, 2020

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Anera is working to produce and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to vulnerable families in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. As COVID-19 cases rise in Lebanon amid the deteriorating economic and political environment, donated PPE couldn’t come at a more critical time.⁣⁣This hygiene promotion program is funded by UNICEF and implemented by Anera.⁣

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Health Awareness Sessions in Gaza

by Anera

Jul 20, 2020

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In Gaza, public health is threatened by poor sanitation infrastructure and environmental conditions. With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera is helping to address these challenges in the village of Bani Suheila through public health awareness sessions and connecting homes to the sanitation system. These health awareness sessions help address threats to well-being by offering…

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Mental Health Guidance for Coping With COVID-19

by Anera

Jul 15, 2020

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Warde Bou Daher is a psychologist working in Beirut, Lebanon to raise awareness of mental health topics, issues and taboos. Anera is proud to present this excellent series of films with guidance during COVID-19 times. Guidance for Children Guidance for Youth Guidance for Mothers Guidance for Men Please check out Anera’s COVID-19 response log for…

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Gaza Greenhouse Repair

by Anera

Jul 14, 2020

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For many farmers in Gaza, their dreams rest on the crops they grow inside their greenhouses. The economic situation for Gaza farmers is extremely challenging — a day-to-day struggle to earn enough to provide for their families. Anera works with local farmers in Gaza to improve farming methods, construct greenhouses and repair them when needed….

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