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Opportunity is the Biggest Difference

Mar 5, 2021

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Last week Khalid launched a fundraiser to help vaccinate Palestinian refugees. Here he tells us the story behind the campaign. My dad is a decades-long supporter of Anera and my two sisters and I have supported the organization more recently by following its impact on social media, donating to its campaigns, and attending its annual…

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A Family Touched by Wartime Internment Supports Refugee Education

Feb 26, 2021

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Rachel, Tony, and Adrian Kitzinger recently donated to Anera and shared the following moving story to provide background on the donation. Our father, Ernst Kitzinger, fled Germany in 1933 and ended up in England some years later.  As you may know, at the start of WWII, the British rounded up and deported all Germans living…

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The Inspiring Doctors Brown

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Feb 11, 2021

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Anera mourns the loss of the Browns, two beautiful people, who made the world a better place with their endless enthusiasm for living life to the fullest and for giving back to those less fortunate.

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Doing Something to Help Palestine

Jan 26, 2021

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In 2009, I got interested in a work camp opportunity with a group called Volunteers for Peace. I saw that the International Palestinian Youth League had a camp in the West Bank and I jumped at the chance, since I had long wanted to visit Palestine. I spent two weeks there in the Bethlehem area,…

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Giving Back And Doubling My Impact

Sep 30, 2020

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Connecting Communities Through Workplace Giving I am an ardent supporter of Anera. My contributions are made possible through the Community Connections Program at the World Bank: a workplace giving initiative organized to encourage its employees to give back to organizations that support their interests.  I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. My father was…

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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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