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Music and Art for Children in Palestine

by Anera

Aug 5, 2015

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Creative expression has educational and psychological value for young children, especially for those living in turbulent conditions — like children in Palestine. That’s why music and the arts are a key component of Anera’s early childhood development program in Gaza and the West Bank. Anera works with Al Kamandjati Association to train teachers in expressive…

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Delivering Medicine to Refugees in Lebanon

by Anera

Apr 21, 2015

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Ten-year-old Malek introduces us to his family, living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. His father, Ziad (Abu Malek), has diabetes. Malek worries about his father’s health, accompanying him to the clinic to get insulin and following him wherever he goes. Abu Malek is able to enjoy time with his son and the rest…

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Playgrounds Bring Smiles to West Bank Children

by Anera

Apr 15, 2015

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In the sprawl of Palestinian cities and villages, there are few clean, safe public places where kids can play and explore. West Bank children are left to play in unsafe environments, like trash-filled streets and lots filled with rubble. Anera supporters have helped build or renovated more than 100 playgrounds in Palestine, creating safe, colorful oases where…

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Restoring Water for Gaza Families

by Anera

Apr 5, 2015

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“Sometimes it took us four to five days to get a few drops,” says Wafa Shabat, describing what life was like without a reliable water connection in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Anera’s Urgent Water Systems Repair project supported by Islamic Relief USA restored pipes and networks to 12,000 families in war-ravaged areas of Gaza, like Beit…

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Meet Tamer and Lana, Siblings from the West Bank with Gaucher Disease

by Anera

Apr 1, 2015

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Tamer, 14, and his sister Lana, 13, live in Jenin, West Bank. They both suffer from a rare inherited disease called gaucher that is life-threatening without treatment. For 10 years, Anera has provided Tamer and Lana with the treatment they need to combat gaucher disease. They go to the clinic every couple weeks to get…

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Gaza Children Receive TOMS Boots

by Anera

Mar 23, 2015

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Winter in Gaza is brutal, especially in poor rural communities where many children lack proper footwear. Five-year-old Ali Shaquora walked 30 minutes to school each day—wearing an old pair of sandals. Anera delivered TOMS shoes to his school in Gaza, and now Ali and his classmates have new, durable faux-fur lined boots to protect their…

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Helping Gaza Children Cope with Trauma

by Anera

Feb 13, 2015

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In the past five years, Gaza has experienced three wars with the most recent, in the summer of 2014, being the most dangerous and destructive. The bombs have stopped falling, but the process of healing wounds is ongoing. Through interactive and expressive activities, Anera is helping children cope with the things they experienced, allowing them…

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Crisis in Gaza 2014: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Dec 2, 2014

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Thanks to a dedicated and generous community of donors, Anera’s Gaza staff was able to respond immediately to the bombings in Gaza. Anera is one of the few international organizations that consistently gets health care and humanitarian relief supplies into Gaza. Since our Gaza office opened in 1984, Anera has built or renovated infrastructure, linked Gazan…

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Investing in Palestinian Women, Strengthening Palestinian Communities

by Anera

Oct 22, 2014

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Lasting change occurs when mothers and female leaders are engaged. When women have access to educational and economic opportunities, they invest in their families and communities. This investment, in turn, strengthens an entire society. In this video we hear from women who are empowered by Anera projects, women who lead our partner organizations, and women…

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Anera’s 2014 Annual Dinner – a Great Success

by Anera

Oct 22, 2014

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Anera’s Annual Dinner this year was held at the Omni Shoreham hotel on October 17. Among the 410 guests, we welcomed staff from our offices in Lebanon and West Bank, including Samar Naser, our longest serving employee with more than 28 years of service in our Jerusalem office. And Rania Elhelo from our Gaza office…

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