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Tatreez and Development 

Aug 18, 2022

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A Symbol of Palestinian Culture Tatreez is a centuries-old craft practiced primarily by Palestinian women to document their history, preserve their culture, express themselves creatively, unite as communities, and support themselves and their families. The traditional cross-stitch embroidery technique incorporates imagery that documents life in different regions of Palestine during significant times or carries on…

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Anera on the Ground: The Tech Ecosystem in Palestine

by Anera

Jun 27, 2022

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Professionals in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) are and will continue to be among the most prized and sought after in the global job market. Each year, more work moves into the digital space – now accelerated by the changes COVID-19 has brought to the work world. And digital skills are increasingly…

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Palestinian Food Recipes From the Anera Community

by Anera

Jun 24, 2022

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As you prepare your breakfast, think of others (do not forget the pigeon’s food). – Mahmoud Darwish Recipes passed down through family often hold special meaning. Sumaya, a farmer in Deir Al Balah, cooks vegetables grown in her Anera-built greenhouse. “Our favorite dish today is molokhia,” she says. “I pick the jute leaves from my…

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Fundraising is an Art

by Anera

May 25, 2022

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Hanin Azzam Talks about Crowdfunding in the Middle East This is the third entry in our series highlighting Arab youth change-makers. Read the first piece in the series, an interview with Sandy Boutros, and the second piece, with journalist Tahreer Mortaga on her community space and yoga studio in Gaza. Hanin Azzam is a regional…

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Why I support Anera

May 14, 2022

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Gaza has endured occupation and dispossession for more years than Anera has existed. Gaza has been under varying forms of closure since 1991. The blockade—which is really an intensified military closure—is approaching its 16th year. It has destroyed normal trade relations upon which Gaza’s small economy largely depends. The resulting isolation of Gaza from the…

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Zakat al-Fitr — Giving During Ramadan

by Anera

Apr 6, 2022

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One of Islam’s major pillars is zakat, or alms, through which Muslims show support for the Islamic community. At the end of Ramadan, a special type of zakat is due — Zakat al-Fitr. These obligatory alms allow Muslims to cleanse their wealth after the fasting month while giving directly to the poor and needy. As…

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Women on the Frontlines of Healthcare in Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 24, 2022

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Women are pivotal in combating the pandemic as frontline responders, nurses, doctors, social workers, pharmacists and other health professionals in Lebanon.

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Women on the Frontlines of Healthcare in Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 24, 2022

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Lebanon’s economic crisis has only gotten worse, fueled by political hegemonies and corruption and mismanagement of resources, and further inflamed by the widespread protests against the regime, the Beirut port explosion, and finally the pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak deepened the economic crisis, leaving the country indebted, facing inflation, and a dramatically devalued Lebanese lira. Women…

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Ramadan 2022

by Anera

Mar 21, 2022

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  Every year on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar cycle, there’s a subtle stirring of anticipation as millions of Muslims around the world prepare to fast, feast and celebrate their beliefs during the holiest month on the Muslim calendar. It’s observed in more than 50 Muslim-majority countries and numerous other nations across the…

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The Only Yoga Club in Gaza

by Anera

Mar 17, 2022

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This piece by Tahreer Mortaga is the second entry in our series highlighting Arab youth change-makers. Read the first piece in the series, an interview with Sandy Boutros, here. I am a Palestinian journalist from Gaza. I’ve always loved to write. In 2004, I began working for local news radio stations. And I later obtained…

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