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Update from Gaza

by Anera

Nov 13, 2019

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Conflict between Gaza and Israel is once again escalating this week. The following account of the current situation for civilians in Gaza comes from a call with an Anera Gaza staff member. “It was quiet for about 6 hours overnight but the bombing started again at around dawn. “We’re all so tired of this in…

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Wildfires and mass protests – an update from Anera Lebanon

Oct 25, 2019

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I am writing this from home because we haven’t been able to go to the office. This is now the ninth day of demonstrations. The day before yesterday the protests accelerated and there are now more roadblocks. Even if you live in Beirut you won’t be able to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in a…

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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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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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Anera is Building 6 New Preschools in Palestine

Feb 28, 2019

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As part of Anera’s early childhood development (ECD) work, we are currently building six new preschools in the northern West Bank. These schools, like the others Anera has built or renovated, are located in rural and economically disadvantaged communities, where access and availability are particularly limited. Early childhood has an immense impact on a person’s development…

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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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