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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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Happy Earth Day 2019!

by Anera

Apr 22, 2019

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Earth Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the threats facing our planet. In the dry climate of Palestine and parts of Lebanon, water is a scarce resource. The health of both humans and the environment suffer from water shortages, climate change and pollution. Farm fields lay fallow. Trees are few. And families have to save…

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Working to Empower the People and Environment of Palestine

Apr 19, 2019

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As an environmental studies graduate and a recent volunteer in the West Bank, where I saw firsthand the threats to the natural environment, I am reflecting on Earth Day this year through the context of the Palestinian natural landscape. The environmental situation in the Palestinian territories is devastating. A range of factors create an unhealthy…

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11 ways Anera supports achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

by Anera

Apr 17, 2019

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Considering Anera’s work within an international framework Anera’s goal is to help people in difficult situations live lives filled with dignity, meaning and hope. We do so by providing emergency supplies when disaster strikes, and by implementing long-term programs covering health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and other critical issues. Creating stronger communities requires building up…

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Anera

by Anera

Feb 14, 2019

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Will you be our Valentine? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us by revisiting how our programs and the communities where we work play a role in supporting healthy hearts! 6. Healthy Food Olives and olive oil are flavorful additions to a heart healthy diet. Olives are the fruit of an ancient symbol of Palestine: rooted to…

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Anera’s Top 10 Success Stories of 2018

by Anera

Dec 26, 2018

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This list highlights our most popular stories and blog posts from 2018. We hope you enjoy! 10. Three Generations of Support: Our Family & Anera Reflecting on the genesis of Anera and her family’s support for the organization since the beginning, Betty Sams wrote in a guest blog post, “In August of 1967, 50 people from all…

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The Cornerstone of Palestinian Society: Family

by Anera

Nov 28, 2018

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Families have always been the cornerstone of Palestinian society, and serve as the first place where children can learn respect, self-esteem, responsibility, community and most importantly love. These values, when amplified in society at-large, shape a nation. That is why Anera strives to deliver projects and programs that directly benefit Palestinian families in the West…

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