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Ramadan 2020

by Anera

Feb 21, 2020

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Each year, during the month of Ramadan, Anera delivers food packages to those in need in Gaza and Lebanon. Over the years, members of the Anera community have written about the meaning Ramadan holds for them and the importance of solidarity. In the U.S., Anera is hosting several Ramadan events this year. Check back, as…

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A Glimpse at Everyday Life in Palestine

by Anera

Dec 17, 2019

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What is life like in Palestine? There are too many occasions when violence and chaos threaten a dangerous disruption of everyday life in Palestine, even for those who are not directly involved. This is particularly true in one of the many Palestinian refugee camps where as many as one-third of all Palestinians live. For other Palestinians, the daily…

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Lebanon: A Revolution — Inside/Out

Nov 14, 2019

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Messages from Lebanon’s youth I was in Washington DC last month for Anera’s annual gala on October 11. During my visit, I also participated in a series of strategic meetings and events. I had a very fruitful week there. I met young professionals who, like me, work in the field of development. I also met young…

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Sing Me A Story… for Gaza

by Anera

Jun 11, 2019

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A child’s drawing can say a lot, reflecting both their inner and outer lives. Over the years we have been fortunate to work with children throughout Palestine in our early childhood development programs. In late 2018, the Sing Me A Story Foundation approached Anera for a collaboration to tell the stories imagined by a few…

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Palestinian Food Recipes From the Anera Community

by Anera

May 13, 2019

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As you prepare your breakfast, think of others (do not forget the pigeon’s food). – Mahmoud Darwish Today, in honor of International Hummus Day (yes, that’s a thing!), we share some of the delicious Ramadan recipes that have come our way over the years. Recipes passed down through family often hold special meaning. In Gaza,…

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Serving up hope

by Anera

Nov 21, 2018

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Soufra brings traditional Palestinian dishes to the streets of Beirut Anera’s work is only possible with the help of our local partners. One of those partners, Mariam Shaar of the Women’s Programs Association (WPA) in Lebanon, helped launch a food service company providing delicious Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine. Mariam was born to Palestinian parents in…

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Enjoy a Recipe from Gaza for Palestinian Date Cookies

by Anera

Nov 8, 2018

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Last year, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera supported eight women’s cooperatives with dough mixers, pans, cooking utensils and stoves to support their professional work and help them generate income despite the difficult economic conditions in Gaza. To say thank you to the Anera community, the women of Al Hakoura Women’s Cooperative have shared their favorite recipe…

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Letter to My Mother in Gaza

May 13, 2018

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Dear Om Mazin, it’s been more than five years since we were in the same room together and I miss that very much. Every passing day, I think about the joy of being in your company and in your eyesight. As a little boy growing up in Gaza, things did not always make sense. Back…

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