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Anera’s Land Reclamation Projects in Palestine Bolster Rural Communities

Oct 15, 2018

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Terrace walls are almost as ubiquitous as the olive trees that grow behind them on the arid hills of the West Bank. The crumbling remains of terraces cut by Roman farmers dot the landscape. Driving along the steep road that leads from Qabalan to Jorish today, the role that terraces continue to play in conserving…

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A Career in Early Childhood Development Leads Back to Palestine

by Anera

Sep 10, 2018

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By Dr. Ilham Nasser Dr. Ilham Nasser reflects on the journey that led her to work with Anera as an early childhood education specialist and become a leader in drafting and launching the first national curriculum for preschool and kindergarten education in Palestine. Research studies inform us that the first six years of life are…

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Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture

by Anera

Feb 7, 2017

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The agricultural industry in Palestine is deeply hindered by water scarcity – an-ever growing problem. Though the agriculture sector uses nearly 45% of all water available to Palestinians in the West Bank, only 10% of the West Bank’s cultivated area is irrigated. But now, farmers have a new way to water their crops. Anera’s first-of-its-kind…

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Sorting and Recycling Waste in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp

by Anera

Dec 21, 2016

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In Lebanon’s Nahr El Bared refugee camp, trash is dumped everywhere. It fills the streets and covers sports fields. As the camp runs out of space, residents dump waste dangerously close to the sea. To make matters worse, scavengers often tear open bags to find recyclables that they can sell, leaving a huge mess. They burn…

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Destroyed Preschool in Shejaiya, Gaza Gets Rebuilt

by Anera

Nov 29, 2016

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During the 2014 war in Gaza, the Shejaiya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City was heavily bombed. The war damaged hundreds of buildings, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless. The few preschools in Shejaiya that existed prior to the war were entirely destroyed. Early childhood development (ECD) is essential to the cognitive, social and…

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Gaza Farms Burst With Sweet Potatoes

by Anera

Nov 8, 2016

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Sweet potatoes are a common treat in Gaza. Vendors on the beach sell them from boxes held above their heads, and they flourish in the local soil. Farmers can make big profits from these tasty crops. However, many Gaza farms aren’t prepared to grow sweet potatoes. Fields have been damaged by war or left barren due…

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New Preschool Built in Al Majd, Palestine

by Anera

Jun 28, 2016

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Anera’s early childhood development program is leading the way in setting standards for preschool education. In the past five years, Anera has constructed 165 preschools across Palestine. The program also involves teacher training, music and arts curriculum, reading programs and book distribution, and community involvement in early education. This brand new preschool in Al Majd,…

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Gaza Water Crisis: Connecting Families to Clean Water

by Anera

Mar 21, 2016

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In Gaza, many people lack regular access to clean water. According to UNOCHA, 1.3 million people in Gaza are in need of water and sanitation assistance. The Gaza water crisis makes cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and caring for livestock a huge challenge. With donations from people like you and our friends at Islamic Relief USA, Anera…

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Students at Gaza Music School Receive Anera Scholarships

by Anera

Oct 26, 2015

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For over 20 years, Anera has offered support to Palestinian students studying instruments at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in Palestine. Since 2010, donor support has allowed Anera to also fund the Gaza Music School, which is now the fifth branch of the ESNCM. This year, we’re happy to announce that 100 students at the…

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Gaza Agriculture: Restoring Farmland in Khan Younis

by Anera

Oct 26, 2015

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Gaza agriculture was deeply impacted by Israeli bombing in 2014. Many fields – more than 42,000 acres of Gaza agricultural land – were destroyed, and others lay fallow due to lack of resources. Anera’s Gaza Land Restoration project aims to help Gaza farmers reclaim their land, grow new crops and prepare food to sell at…

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