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What Are Palestinian Refugee Camp Conditions Like?

by Anera

Sep 5, 2019

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There are 58 official Palestinian refugee camps. They are located in Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon. Many of the camps were created in 1948 as a result of the first Arab-Israeli war. Other camps were added after the wars in 1967 and 1973 and more recently after the war in Syria for…

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A Celebration of Life

by Anera

Aug 15, 2019

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In 1948, 17-year-old Hassan Ahmad Hassan and his family became refugees. They were forced to leave their home in Caesarea, a Palestinian town in what is now northern Israel, with little more than the clothes on their backs. Soon thereafter, his father passed away and left him the young patriarch of his family. Despite all…

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A Legacy of Palestinian Community Infrastructure

by Anera

Jul 24, 2019

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Travel the length and breadth of the Palestine and you will see Anera-built infrastructure in communities from Jenin in the northern West Bank down to Rafah in southern Gaza. We have been building infrastructure in Palestine for nearly 50 years. In just the past 15 years alone, Anera has completed nearly 450 brick-and-mortar infrastructure projects,…

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Greenhouses Help Palestinians in Gaza

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Jul 10, 2019

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Thanks to our supporters, 1,100 Palestinian families in Gaza now have a greenhouse which provides food and income security. Since 2007, Gaza has suffered a blockade and three wars. Eight out of ten Gaza families have come to depend on food aid. Farming is one of the few ways for Palestinian families to put food…

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10 Ways to Help Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Anera

Jun 17, 2019

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Dealing with the flood of refugees worldwide has become the world’s main humanitarian crisis. A decade ago, roughly 38 million people had been forced to flee their homes because of persecution or war. According to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that number stood at 68.5 million at the start of…

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Sing Me A Story… for Gaza

by Anera

Jun 11, 2019

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A child’s drawing can say a lot, reflecting both their inner and outer lives. Over the years we have been fortunate to work with children throughout Palestine in our early childhood development programs. In late 2018, the Sing Me A Story Foundation approached Anera for a collaboration to tell the stories imagined by a few…

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Ramadan Food Packages Help Palestinian Families in Gaza

by Anera

Jun 5, 2019

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Every year during Ramadan Anera delivers food packages to poor families throughout Gaza. The parcels include staples, like rice, oil, flour, sugar, pasta, beans, and Ramadan-specific foods like dates. Thanks to generous funding from Islamic Relief USA as well as our community of donors, Anera distributed 1,000 food packages to needy families during Ramadan this…

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On-the-Ground | U.S. Funding Cuts to Palestine: The Impact on Programs and People

by Anera

May 28, 2019

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In an abrupt end to nearly 50 years of bipartisan support for Palestinian assistance, in August 2018, the U.S. administration announced it was pulling over $500 million in budgeted aid to Palestinians for the fiscal year ($200 million in bilateral aid for USAID, $300 million for UNRWA). Assistance administered by the United States Agency for…

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Anera + RBK = Youth Employment in Palestine & Jordan

by Anera

May 22, 2019

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Anera and RBK have teamed up to provide high-demand tech and professional job skills training to Palestinian youth in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. With the increase of technology and IT jobs worldwide that can be done remotely, Palestinian youth are able to work for international technology companies while working from their home…

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Roots in Palestine: Dedicated to Palestinian Refugees Since 1948

by Anera

May 15, 2019

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For Palestinians around the world, May 15th marks the “Nakba” (literally “disaster” or “catastrophe” in Arabic) which commemorates the 1948 Palestinian exodus during the establishment of the State of Israel. The resulting humanitarian crisis has affected geo-politics, individual states, the environment and human development in the Middle East and beyond for 71 years. It was…

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