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A Time for Community

by Anera

Apr 15, 2021

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For a second year, Muslims around the world are now celebrating the holy month of Ramadan under the unusual restrictions created by the pandemic. This is a month when the observant fast from dawn to dusk, as a reminder that the material world is temporary and to focus on the spiritual. The usual gatherings in…

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World Water Day

by Anera

Mar 17, 2021

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Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day. World Water Day in the Time of COVID-19 It’s been one year since people started isolating at home to fight off the pandemic. Hospitals filled up with new patients and communities that were vulnerable to begin with suffered more than ever. In…

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Refugees Endure: Marking 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

by Anera

Mar 15, 2021

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A Grim Milestone March 15, 2021 marks 10 years since the beginning of hostilities in Syria. The fighting has destroyed ancient cities, killed hundreds of thousands, displaced about two-thirds of the country’s population, and created extreme hardship for those left behind and for those who fled. Six million Syrians have sought refuge abroad, many in…

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Mar 3, 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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Anera’s Water and Sanitation Work in Gaza

Dec 21, 2020

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Anera’s water and sanitation programs in Gaza are directly serving 44% of Gazans through wells and wastewater network improvements and community education.

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My Coding Journey in Gaza

Nov 4, 2020

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Khaled writes about his transformative experience in Anera’s career acceleration program It all started when my job ended, late in 2019. I was a mechanical engineer by trade, but I ran across a Facebook ad for Anera’s Palestinians Leveling Up Skills (PLUS). The program promised high-demand tech and professional job skills training for Palestinian youth in…

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Health Care System in Palestine

by Anera

Sep 21, 2020

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Palestinians struggle to receive adequate healthcare due to strains on their system such as unemployment, utilities & poverty. See how you and Anera can help!

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Understanding Education in Palestine and the Need for Educational Aid 

by Anera

Jul 29, 2020

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What does the educational system look like in Palestine? Learn how educational aid can transform classrooms & change the lives of young Palestinians.

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Vocational students in Lebanon combat COVID-19

by Anera

Jul 27, 2020

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Abdul Rahim is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. While still a child, he had to drop out of school to support his family. Recently, the teen enrolled in one of Anera’s vocational education courses on sewing. Now he is employed full-time making face masks and helping Lebanon combat COVID-19.

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Health Awareness Sessions in Gaza

by Anera

Jul 20, 2020

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In Gaza, public health is threatened by poor sanitation infrastructure and environmental conditions. With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera is helping to address these challenges in the village of Bani Suheila through public health awareness sessions and connecting homes to the sanitation system. These health awareness sessions help address threats to well-being by offering…

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