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A Scary Time in Lebanon

Oct 15, 2021

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Yesterday was a scary day in Beirut. Protests and gunfire went on for many hours. Many of the bullets were flying very near Anera’s office. Six people died and more than 30 were injured. Thankfully, our staff was able to evacuate the office and get home safely. I am really concerned about the safety of…

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A Timeline of Crises in Lebanon

by Anera

Oct 15, 2021

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Lebanon is in survival mode. Yesterday hours of protests and gunfire killed six people and injured more than 30. The economy has collapsed, there is no functioning government, families have only a few hours of electricity a day and the healthcare system is struggling to stay afloat. We’ve created a timeline to show you how…

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Anera Celebrates Its 53rd Annual Gala

by Anera

Oct 4, 2021

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Coming Together With Hope Anera held its 2021 Global Gala on Friday, October 2. For the second year in a row, the primary event was virtual. Anera hosted a small, in-person viewing party in Washington, DC for vaccinated members of the board of directors, staff, sponsors and honorary hosts. Taking advantage of the online format,…

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Anera Restarts School Meals in Gaza for New Academic Year

by Anera

Sep 27, 2021

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Anera has relaunched its integrated school feeding program this month, which coincides with the return to in-person classes at schools in Gaza. We began serving the freshly prepared daily meals again on September 15. The program serves 12 preschools across Gaza, reaching 1,428 children. It hires 100 local farmers to provide fresh produce and 40…

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Dr. Vicken Kalbian: a Steadfast Friend to Anera and to Palestinians

by Anera

Sep 7, 2021

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Anera is mourning the death of Dr. Vicken Kalbian, who died on Friday, September 2, 2021, at the age of 96. His influence and leadership has been seminal to Anera for over four decades. Long a pillar of Jerusalem’s medical community and one of its most celebrated and accomplished physicians, Vicken maintained his commitment to…

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4 Reasons to Care About Humanitarian Funding Needs in 2021

by Anera

Aug 18, 2021

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Humanitarian funding provides vulnerable groups the resources they need to restore a happy, healthy state of life. Around the world, people need a helping hand following natural disasters and political unrest. The aid they receive thanks to humanitarian funding serves many vital purposes. Humanitarian aid can save lives in times of crisis, and it can…

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Yet Another Explosion in Lebanon. What More Can We Endure?

Aug 16, 2021

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Lebanon has had yet another horrible disaster. On early Sunday morning, August 15, a fuel tank exploded in Akkar, one of the poorest areas of the country. The causes are still under investigation, but the explosion left 28 people dead and injured nearly 100 others. This has happened at a time when the economy has…

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Aug 6, 2021

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We will update this log regularly to provide an ongoing report back to donors on the ways Anera is responding during this COVID-19 crisis. We will also be providing occasional updates about conditions on the ground and our staff. Please visit and share this page often! We are also creating Arabic-language COVID-19 health materials addressing…

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Beirut Explosion: Responding in the Aftermath

by Anera

Aug 4, 2021

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A cataclysmic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020 killed well over 200 people and injured another 6,000. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. Emergency rooms are over capacity with badly injured people, and medical supplies are quickly being depleted with no restock available. A large swath of the city has…

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One Year Ago, Beirut Exploded. Now the Situation is Worse.

Aug 4, 2021

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It was midnight and I was driving my husband to the hospital for a medical emergency. I travelled through a city cloaked in darkness. We hadn’t had electricity in Beirut for days. The street lights were off and the roads were empty in a place that once vibrated with life 24/7. My eyes filled up…

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