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In her own words: Dalia Awad on her coding journey

by Anera

Mar 7, 2020

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It all started when I was in high school. I really enjoyed our technology classes and wanted to know more about programming. I began with a C language online course. I still remember the feeling when I built my first “Hello World!” project. I knew for sure that this is what I’ll be doing for…

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Investing in Women: Strengthening Communities Across Palestine, Lebanon & Jordan

by Anera

Mar 6, 2020

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“No society can be just, and no human or economic development even-spread and sustainable if women, who represent half of the population, are left behind, if their needs and aspirations are not addressed.” Dr. Lamis Abu-Nahleh This statement, which first appeared in the fall 1996 issue of Anera News, comes from Dr. Lamis Abu-Nahleh, a…

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Kholood Was Born to Make Delicious Food – Nablus, Palestine

by Anera

Mar 4, 2020

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Kholood is from Nablus, Palestine and is passionate about cooking. She likes to cook for her extended family whenever she feels sad and turns to cooking as a form of therapy. Kholood discovered her cooking skills after her husband fell ill as a way to find mental relief and bring in more income for her…

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Hydroponic Greenhouse at the CSSL Women’s Center in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

by Anera

Feb 24, 2020

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Anera recently built a hydroponic greenhouse to take advantage of the open space on the rooftop of the Cooperative Society for Saving and Lending (CSSL) women’s center in Gaza. They are now growing organic produce like lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, leafy greens and herbs like mint. The hydroponic system allows them to grow food using…

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Equipping Vulnerable Youth with Essential Life Skills in Lebanon

Feb 20, 2020

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By Christine Zahm, Anera Lebanon Youth Program Manager Many kids in Lebanon go to public schools that don’t teach them the skills they need to get ahead in life. Many others aren’t in school at all. The children come from vulnerable backgrounds. Sometimes their parents lack important life skills too. Families who strive to help…

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Hydroponic agriculture

by Anera

Feb 10, 2020

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Hydroponic cultivation can play an important role in meeting food security challenges. A small area can produce many fruits and vegetables at a very low cost with little more than PVC pipes and a small pump to circulate nutrients. Gaza, with one of the highest population densities in the world, is in dire need of…

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Understanding Agriculture in Palestine and How Aid Can Help

by Anera

Feb 7, 2020

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How does development aid help Palestinian agriculture? Learn why aid is essential to agriculture in Palestine & some of Anera’s recent programs.

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Women’s empowerment, from proposal to reality

Jan 10, 2020

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By Holly Jordan Holly is the new business development manager at Anera. Previously, she served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Roanoke College in Virginia. Recently, I was fortunate to take my first visit to Anera’s country offices in Lebanon and Palestine. In my previous life in academia, my research related to the Arab-Israeli…

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What Is Development Aid?

by Anera

Dec 17, 2019

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When many people think of foreign aid, they picture NGO workers providing medical care or handing out supplies in the aftermath of a hurricane or an earthquake. They might also think of providing food to people living in poverty. While this kind of immediate aid is, of course, crucial, it’s not the only type of aid. One other…

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A Legacy of Palestinian Community Infrastructure

by Anera

Jul 24, 2019

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Travel the length and breadth of the Palestine and you will see Anera-built infrastructure in communities from Jenin in the northern West Bank down to Rafah in southern Gaza. We have been building infrastructure in Palestine for nearly 50 years. In just the past 15 years alone, Anera has completed nearly 450 brick-and-mortar infrastructure projects,…

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