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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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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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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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Happy Earth Day 2019!

by Anera

Apr 22, 2019

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Earth Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the threats facing our planet. In the dry climate of Palestine and parts of Lebanon, water is a scarce resource. The health of both humans and the environment suffer from water shortages, climate change and pollution. Farm fields lay fallow. Trees are few. And families have to save…

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Anera

by Anera

Feb 14, 2019

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Will you be our Valentine? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us by revisiting how our programs and the communities where we work play a role in supporting healthy hearts! 6. Healthy Food Olives and olive oil are flavorful additions to a heart healthy diet. Olives are the fruit of an ancient symbol of Palestine: rooted to…

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International Day of the Girl 2018

by Anera

Oct 11, 2018

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Today, October 11, is the International Day Of The Girl as designated by the United Nations. Since 2012, the date has focused attention on the challenges and barriers confronting girls worldwide. The 2018 theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, highlights the critical importance of ensuring girls have access to the education, skills, and training that they…

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World Humanitarian Day

by Anera

Aug 10, 2018

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August 19 commemorates the annual World Humanitarian Day, a global observance of the violence, challenges, changes and hazards millions of civilians and volunteers in conflict-ridden countries face every day with bravery, resilience, selflessness and sacrifice. Unfortunately, in many cities and countries around the world, refugees and civilians fight for their lives, struggle to find shelter,…

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Remembering Palestinian Refugees on World Refugee Day 2018

by Anera

Jun 19, 2018

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Memories are a refugee’s treasure – memories of the sights and sounds of the homes they were forced to flee months, years, decades ago. The perfume of flowers from the garden or the aroma of spices in the market evoke fond memories of a happier life abandoned as families escaped war and destruction with little…

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