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Human Rights Day

by Anera

Dec 10, 2019

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What is Human Rights Day? Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, often abbreviated as the UDHR. Article one of the Universal Declaration proclaims that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity…

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Honoring two long-time members of the Anera community

by Anera

Oct 31, 2019

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At our Annual Dinner on October 11, 2019, Anera proudly honored two wonderful supporters:  Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, for his years of service to Anera, to diplomacy and to the greater good in the Middle East, and the Tarazi family, for leading by example and for giving back to Palestine through education, humanity’s most important investment. Edward…

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5 unstoppable girls of the Middle East

by Anera

Oct 10, 2019

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Every year, October 11 marks International Day of the Girl, a day to recognize and support the rights of girls around the world. This year’s theme is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable, and we’d like to introduce you to a few strong and inspiring girls we know from Palestine and Lebanon. Heba “I wore my first prosthetic leg…

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World Teachers Day

by Anera

Oct 4, 2019

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Today, October 5, is World Teachers Day, an annual UNESCO thematic day to recognize the essential role that teachers worldwide play in creating opportunities and hopeful futures for the next generation. Providing teachers with the skills, recognition and tools that they need to excel is vital to achieving the fourth UN Sustainable Development Goal on…

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What Are Palestinian Refugee Camp Conditions Like?

by Anera

Sep 5, 2019

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There are 58 official Palestinian refugee camps. They are located in Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon. Many of the camps were created in 1948 as a result of the first Arab-Israeli war. Other camps were added after the wars in 1967 and 1973 and more recently after the war in Syria for…

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Working for Humanity: My Story with Anera

Aug 19, 2019

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From freelance writer to national communication manager. I have been working directly with refugee communities, both Syrian and Palestinian, for the past eight years. I have worked with numerous humanitarian organizations, large and small, local and international, and saw many inspiring things, and many disappointing things. I saw hardworking individuals giving their best to help…

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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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Roots in Palestine: Dedicated to Palestinian Refugees Since 1948

by Anera

May 15, 2019

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For Palestinians around the world, May 15th marks the “Nakba” (literally “disaster” or “catastrophe” in Arabic) which commemorates the 1948 Palestinian exodus during the establishment of the State of Israel. The resulting humanitarian crisis has affected geo-politics, individual states, the environment and human development in the Middle East and beyond for 71 years. It was…

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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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Ramadan 2019

by Anera

Apr 24, 2019

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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. If one of…

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