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Spread love, help others, and always hustle!

Jul 23, 2020

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I was born in Brooklyn, and lived in New York until I was nine. When I moved back home to Falesteen, it was a difficult time to be a teenager there. So, at 17, I went to California for school. After finishing college, I settled in Florida. My daughter, Isabella, and I always wanted to…

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Anera Visionary: A family passionate about supporting refugees

Jun 16, 2020

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Through the personal relationships that came out of our volunteer work, we became more aware of the political issues that impact refugees and their families back in their places of origin. I’ve moved around quite a bit during my lifetime, but at heart I’m a Midwesterner and lived most of my life in the “flyover”…

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Palestinian dreams matter

Feb 27, 2020

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Lena is on the Associate Board at Anera When I was young, we often celebrated Black History Month at school by reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. The legendary civil rights leader was also a great speaker, and his words were powerful. King’s most famous quote is, of course, from a speech that he delivered…

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Hiking Lebanon for Syrian refugee children

Jan 6, 2020

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My parents fled a war zone I love to hike and travel. I’ve done lots of traveling around the world. I’ve hiked Peru, the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Mount Kilimanjaro and many other places. I find it’s the best way to see a country. When I started thinking about where I wanted to go next…

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My introduction to the Palestinian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Nov 19, 2019

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In the late 1970s, during a lull in the Lebanese Civil War, a small plane laden with 60 tons of medications landed at the Beirut airport. The air shipment was the result of a real grassroots effort. As a student at the University of Munich in Germany, I had joined a small group of people…

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Honoring two long-time members of the Anera community

by Anera

Oct 31, 2019

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At our Annual Dinner on October 11, 2019, Anera proudly honored two wonderful supporters:  Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, for his years of service to Anera, to diplomacy and to the greater good in the Middle East, and the Tarazi family, for leading by example and for giving back to Palestine through education, humanity’s most important investment. Edward…

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A connection to our Palestinian homeland spanning generations

Sep 17, 2019

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The paternal side of my family comes from Palestine. My great grandparents, who were from Nazareth, sent two of their sons to live in the United States in the early 1900s in order to avoid conscription into the Turkish army – as Palestine was then part of the Ottomon Empire. One of those sons was…

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My aunt inspired my life-long support for the Palestinian cause

Sep 10, 2019

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I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. My maternal aunt, Elizabeth Post, came to stay with our family every two years on ‘home leave’ when she was on vacation from her State Department jobs, often overseas. She worked in Beirut, Lebanon for eight years with UNRWA as secretary to the director of that…

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A Celebration of Life

by Anera

Aug 15, 2019

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In 1948, 17-year-old Hassan Ahmad Hassan and his family became refugees. They were forced to leave their home in Caesarea, a Palestinian town in what is now northern Israel, with little more than the clothes on their backs. Soon thereafter, his father passed away and left him the young patriarch of his family. Despite all…

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Hope Competition: Crafting Violins to Support Syrian Refugees

Mar 27, 2019

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Late last fall, Marios Pavlou, a third-year student at The Newark School of Violin Making in the UK, reached out to Anera with a unique proposition: his school wanted to donate the proceeds from their instrument-building competition. The Newark School wanted sales of the instruments to support an organization working with Syrian refugees. Pavlou, originally…

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