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Delivering Hot Meals for Quarantined COVID-19 Patients in Lebanon

by Anera

Sep 10, 2020

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In Lebanon, Anera is delivering hot meals to COVID-19 patients quarantined in their homes. With the ongoing economic and political crises and the lack of social services, many families have become food insecure. The August 4 explosion at the port in Beirut made matters worse. These deliveries come at a critical time for families trying…

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Delivering Sustainable Food Parcels for Ramadan in Gaza

by Anera

Jun 1, 2020

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Ramadan is over, but the families who got Anera food parcels are still enjoying them today. Thank you Islamic Relief USA for funding these abundant parcels, which included fresh vegetables from Gaza farms! Anera delivered food parcels to 3,552 families in Gaza. They contained a generous amount of food, including fresh produce grown in family…

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Providing food for those in need in Gaza and Lebanon during Ramadan

by Anera

May 20, 2020

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GAZA LEBANON Every year during Ramadan, Anera assembles food parcels with an array of pantry essentials for hungry families in Gaza and Lebanon. This year, due to the economic distress caused by COVID-19, our food parcels were even more important. To meet the heightened need, we have expanded and incorporated new elements into our distributions…

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What Does it Take to Assemble Food Parcels for Ramadan in Gaza?

by Anera

May 19, 2020

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What does it take to put together a sustainable food parcel in Gaza? Anera’s Rania Elhelo explains the process — from the greenhouse, the warehouse and to Palestinian families’ homes. Anera’s food parcels provide Palestinian families enough food for a month while providing income for Palestinian farmers who supply fresh produce.

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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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Palestinian Food Recipes From the Anera Community

by Anera

May 13, 2019

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As you prepare your breakfast, think of others (do not forget the pigeon’s food). – Mahmoud Darwish As we approach the month of Ramadan — a time when families gather together to break the fast — we are sharing here some of the delicious recipes that have come our way over the years. Recipes passed…

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Enjoy a Recipe from Gaza for Palestinian Date Cookies

by Anera

Nov 8, 2018

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Last year, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera supported eight women’s cooperatives with dough mixers, pans, cooking utensils and stoves to support their professional work and help them generate income despite the difficult economic conditions in Gaza. To say thank you to the Anera community, the women of Al Hakoura Women’s Cooperative have shared their favorite recipe…

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Ramadan Pastries Fresh from Ola’s Oven

Jun 19, 2017

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Sambusek is a global treat originating in the Middle East. You may know of its cousins, the samosa and empanada. These crescent-shaped pastries can be stuffed with almost anything, but in Palestine they’re made with meat, cheese and zaatar.  Recently I learned how to make them with the help of two Palestinian sisters, Ola and Alia. Ola is…

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Ramadan Recipes from Jerusalem to Gaza City

by Anera

Jun 5, 2017

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To celebrate Ramadan this year, we asked our staff in the Middle East to share some of their favorite recipes. From salads to pastries, these dishes from Gaza and Jerusalem are sure to brighten up long days of fasting. Ramadan Kareem! Sabah’s Maqluba Maqluba is Arabic for “upside down.” It’s a fitting name for this rice dish,…

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Ramadan Recipes from Nimeh’s Palestinian Kitchen

May 26, 2017

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There is never a hungry stomach in Nimeh’s Kitchen. For my mother, it is not a necessity nor is it a duty to cook, it’s an art. She cooks, we devour – and together we enjoy a perfect time. To celebrate the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, my mother decided to make…

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