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Anera’s Impactful Programs in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza

Oct 15, 2018

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In July 2018, I traveled to Lebanon, Jordan, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. I visited 24 current and past Anera projects in Lebanon and Palestine, including eight in Lebanon, six in the West Bank and 10 in Gaza. This trip came at critical moments in each country. In Lebanon, even as it is still…

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Update on Anera Projects in Gaza

by Anera

Feb 12, 2018

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Anera is actively carrying out many important relief and development projects in Gaza. Below are just a few recent accomplishments. Infrastructure Road Rehabilitation in Beit Lahia Lack of proper infrastructure and sudden damage to irrigation pipes or water wells are just some of the daily challenges for farmers in Beit Lahia, Gaza. “During winter, this…

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7 Ways Palestinians Are Celebrating Olive Harvest This Year

by Anera

Nov 2, 2017

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As November begins, Palestine is in the midst of its olive harvest season, which began last month. That means that from Gaza to the West Bank, Palestinian farmers are heading to their trees to pick the ripe fruit, gather and sort it, and send it off to local presses to make staples like olive oil…

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Gaza’s Atfaluna School Leaves No Child Behind

by Anera

Jul 24, 2017

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As a group of children sit around a library table in Gaza City, the librarian starts to tell a story. “When the olive harvest season finally arrived…” “I was excited to start picking the olives,” adds one of the children. The story continues from child to child. When it’s over, they put it together and…

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5 Ways the Gaza Electricity Crisis Makes Life Unlivable

by Anera

Jul 14, 2017

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Gaza has long suffered from a severe electricity shortage, but this summer it has reached a breaking point. Now the residents of Gaza get only two to three hours of power per day, if they get any at all. What does that mean? It means that each night in Gaza City is pitch-black, except for…

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Climate Change, From Paris to Palestinian Camps

Jun 12, 2017

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Combating climate change is a global issue, yet we recently saw that not all countries are on board. Namely, only three: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States. The good news is that the Paris Climate Agreement shows how widespread environmentalism has become. All 175 other nations in the world signed on, vowing to protect the…

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Mamdouh’s Story: How 10-Year Gaza Blockade has Devastated Fishermen

by Anera

Jun 7, 2017

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June marks the somber 10th anniversary of the Gaza blockade. The past decade has crippled Gaza’s economy and standard of living.  The fishermen who populate the enclave’s shoreline have been some of the most deeply affected by the blockade. While Gaza’s fishermen used to be able to make a living off the sea, many like…

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How Your Solidarity Means the World to Refugees

by Anera

May 23, 2017

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Anera’s Hani Almadhoun reflects on celebrating Ramadan, from Gaza to Utah. I started fasting at the age of seven. As a little boy, it was exciting to see all of my family under one roof, elbowing each other, trying to get more of that popular dish before it ran out. Mom and Dad always made sure…

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5 Reasons Why #RamadanSolidarity Matters This Year

by Anera

May 3, 2017

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When our team sat down to discuss the approaching month of Ramadan, what dawned on us was that this was a Ramadan unlike any other. Sure, the traditions may be the same, the message of reflection remains central and it’ll be observed by millions. From one corner of the earth to the next, families will gather…

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Gaza is Barely Holding Together

Sep 22, 2016

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The United Nations predicts that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. The study estimates the population of 1.6 million will expand to more than two million, requiring a hefty increase in basic services. But, Gaza has barely recovered from the 2014 war, the third in five years. Some 75,000 Palestinians are still homeless two years…

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