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Scavenging and Recycling in Lebanon: Ayman Provides for His Family

by Anera

Jan 10, 2018

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Ayman is a scavenger in the Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared in Lebanon. Twice a day he goes out and collects trash from people around his community and takes it to be recycled. His work not only keeps his neighborhood clean, but it provides him and his family a living and education for his…

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Nagham Returns to School for the First Time Since Fleeing Syria

by Anera

Dec 1, 2017

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Nagham lives with her family in a tent camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Her family used to live in a nice home in Syria, where they lived a happy life under a proper roof. But since they fled the war as refugees and settled in Lebanon, Nagham has had to put her education…

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Video: Tapestry of Humanity

by Anera

Oct 25, 2017

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What do people from different walks of life have in common? The farmer in Palestine, the teacher in a refugee camp, the precocious preschooler, the Gaza entrepreneur. In our film Tapestry of Humanity, we visit unique individuals who show us that we all have one thing in common, regardless of where we come from: our…

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Syrian Refugees Receive School and Hygiene Kits

by Anera

Aug 4, 2017

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In Lebanon, half of all Syrian children do not go to school. For refugee youth like Nour and Ali, school is largely inaccessible due to the cost. Now they’re getting a chance to enroll in our non-formal education courses with donated school and hygiene kits, provided by UMCOR and delivered by Anera. The kits give…

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Twice Displaced: Palestinian-Syrian Refugees in Gaza

by Anera

Jun 20, 2017

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For World Refugee Day, our team visited one of the 250 families who fled the Syrian war to find refuge in the most unlikely of places—Gaza. Suad and Mahmoud had a stable and comfortable life before the war. As Syrians of Palestinian descent, they are “twice displaced” and have now found themselves in Gaza. There,…

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Mamdouh’s Story: How 10-Year Gaza Blockade has Devastated Fishermen

by Anera

Jun 7, 2017

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June marks the somber 10th anniversary of the Gaza blockade. The past decade has crippled Gaza’s economy and standard of living.  The fishermen who populate the enclave’s shoreline have been some of the most deeply affected by the blockade. While Gaza’s fishermen used to be able to make a living off the sea, many like…

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Palestinian Farmers Embody the Spirit of Earth Day

by Anera

Apr 21, 2017

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For Earth Day 2017, we caught up with Dr. Mansour, a Palestinian medical doctor and farmer who was part of Anera’s agricultural knowledge sharing program. Using the skills he learned, he and his sister Ni’ma lovingly tend to their farm in Beit Duqo, West Bank. With a bunch of yellow roses in his hand, Dr.…

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West Bank Farmers Recycle Wastewater to Nourish Crops

by Anera

Mar 24, 2017

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Meet a Palestinian farmer who is irrigating his alfalfa and trees with a valuable resource, wastewater, that was being thrown away as crops died. In the fertile plains of Marj Ibn Amer Valley, Jenin, a Palestinian farmer was struggling to grow crops and feed his livestock, given the scarce water resources in the West Bank.…

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Meet Fadwa, a Palestinian Woman Making a Big Difference in Her Village

by Anera

Mar 8, 2017

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This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the bold spirit and vast achievements of Palestinian women and female refugees. Women don’t always have adequate support in their societies, but when they are given opportunities, they thrive and improve the lives of those around them. Meet Fadwa, one Palestinian woman who’s making a big difference in her…

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Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture

by Anera

Feb 7, 2017

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The agricultural industry in Palestine is deeply hindered by water scarcity – an-ever growing problem. Though the agriculture sector uses nearly 45% of all water available to Palestinians in the West Bank, only 10% of the West Bank’s cultivated area is irrigated. But now, farmers have a new way to water their crops. Anera’s first-of-its-kind…

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