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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

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Apr 3, 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! April 3, 2020 | In Case you Missed Them…

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On This Land | على هذه الأرض

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Mar 30, 2020

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We have on this land that which makes life worth living We have on this land all of that which makes life worth living The opening lines of famed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s poem are an apt reminder that we are all responsible for preserving and protecting the lands we call home. Refugees have a…

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Anera’s Lebanon Work in the COVID-19 Era

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Mar 26, 2020

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“What does it mean when you shut down a country that was already impoverished and broken?” This is the question Anera’s country director Samar El Yassir poses. No one knows the answer yet, but, based on the facts we know, it can’t be good. Most businesses are closed, which means that day laborers, drivers, and…

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World Water Day

by Anera

Mar 20, 2020

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World Water Day Isn’t Just Once a Year at Anera Securing access to clean, drinkable water for all is one of the most critical priorities in communities affected by war and displacement. This achievement can’t come in the form of a handout or temporary solution — to make meaningful change, it must involve sustainable, long-term…

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An update on our work during the pandemic

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Mar 19, 2020

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Anera is carefully following the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our people, partners and programs. Our thoughts and best wishes for health and safety are with everyone in the Anera family  – staff, donors, partners, funders, and most particularly the Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians living in the vulnerable communities where we work…

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Women Can Do Anything! Empowering Women in Palestine

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Mar 11, 2020

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Anera’s Women Can Program supports Palestinian women-headed families in the West Bank generate their own income. Women-headed families make up 12 percent of households in the West Bank, and are identified as being among the most vulnerable groups in Palestine. Supporting women to generate their own income is the most reliable strategy for enhancing resilience….

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Updates from Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 10, 2020

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October 17, 2019 marked the onset of ongoing public protests in Lebanon in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide. A series of mismanaged crises that hit the country in the preceding weeks, including a dollar shortage, gas stations on strike, and taxes imposed on basic commodities and services, triggered…

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On-the-Ground | Youth Dreams Deferred: Lebanon’s Biggest Population Has Few Options

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Mar 9, 2020

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Lebanon’s Youth Demand Change Lebanon rang in 2020 with fireworks and the clanging of spoons on pots, the sounds of people protesting the Lebanese government over corruption and mismanagement. The mass protest movement is a youth revolution. They are the ones who started it and who have kept it going. They are demanding change. Youth…

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In her own words: Dalia Awad on her coding journey

by Anera

Mar 7, 2020

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It all started when I was in high school. I really enjoyed our technology classes and wanted to know more about programming. I began with a C language online course. I still remember the feeling when I built my first “Hello World!” project. I knew for sure that this is what I’ll be doing for…

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Rahma Shehade (Anera’s very own Mary Poppins) – International Women’s Day 2020 Profile

by Anera

Mar 6, 2020

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Rahma Shehade, also known as Um Hadi, has been working at Anera’s main office in Beirut since 2017. She is a Palestinian mother of four from Safad District. Like many of the people we serve, she has been a refugee in Lebanon her entire life. As office manager at Anera, she ensures that the office…

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