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Gaza Farms Burst With Sweet Potatoes

by Anera

Nov 8, 2016

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Sweet potatoes are a common treat in Gaza. Vendors on the beach sell them from boxes held above their heads, and they flourish in the local soil. Farmers can make big profits from these tasty crops. However, many Gaza farms aren’t prepared to grow sweet potatoes. Fields have been damaged by war or left barren due…

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The Power of One: Honoring Nabila Ali

by Anera

Oct 19, 2016

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Anera honors Nabila Ali, an Anera donor from the Chicago area who motivated her community to raise more than $132,000 through social media and word of mouth for Anera’s relief programs in Gaza during and after the 2014 war.

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What Are You #RootedIn?

by Anera

Sep 23, 2016

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Anera is #rootedin the communities we serve. This year, our Annual Dinner theme, “Tending Roots, Bearing Fruit” evokes our deep roots in Palestine and Lebanon, as well as the locally-inspired projects that people like you have made blossom through continued support. Reserve your seat at https://www.anera.org/dinner.

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New Preschool Built in Al Majd, Palestine

by Anera

Jun 28, 2016

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Anera’s early childhood development program is leading the way in setting standards for preschool education. In the past five years, Anera has constructed 165 preschools across Palestine. The program also involves teacher training, music and arts curriculum, reading programs and book distribution, and community involvement in early education. This brand new preschool in Al Majd,…

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Palestinian Children Describe Their Preschool Renovation

by Anera

Jun 20, 2016

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The Refugee Women Training Center and preschool in the city of Ramallah is one of only three preschool teacher training facilities in all of Palestine. It was in bad need of repair when Anera took on its renovation. Listen to the kids at the preschool explain the changes and recall all the workers – from…

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Anera: Helping Palestinians in Palestine and Lebanon Since 1968

by Anera

Mar 28, 2016

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Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a leading development organization improving the lives of Palestinian refugees and poor families in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

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Gaza Water Crisis: Connecting Families to Clean Water

by Anera

Mar 21, 2016

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In Gaza, many people lack regular access to clean water. According to UNOCHA, 1.3 million people in Gaza are in need of water and sanitation assistance. The Gaza water crisis makes cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and caring for livestock a huge challenge. With donations from people like you and our friends at Islamic Relief USA, Anera…

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Gaza Agriculture: Restoring Farmland in Khan Younis

by Anera

Oct 26, 2015

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Gaza agriculture was deeply impacted by Israeli bombing in 2014. Many fields – more than 42,000 acres of Gaza agricultural land – were destroyed, and others lay fallow due to lack of resources. Anera’s Gaza Land Restoration project aims to help Gaza farmers reclaim their land, grow new crops and prepare food to sell at…

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What Does “Al Afiya” Mean to You?

by Anera

Oct 5, 2015

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We asked students & teachers at the Spafford Children’s Center in the Old City of Jerusalem to explain “al afiya” (العافية). Here’s what they had to say…

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Rebuilding Amjad Preschool in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

by Anera

Sep 18, 2015

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“Rubble was everywhere and nobody could believe that the pile of wreckage that was the preschool could come alive again,” said Boshra Hamad, head teacher at Al Amjad Preschool in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. In the summer of 2014, Al Amjad preschool was destroyed by bombs, leaving some 150 children without a safe place to learn…

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