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Palestinian Teachers’ Day 2022

by Anera

Dec 13, 2022

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Today is Palestinian Teachers’ Day, a time to recognize all those who play an integral part in the development of children, such as Anera’s program officer in Gaza, Suad Lubbad. “Having a personal mission to invest in the development of young children to reach a better tomorrow for Palestine has inspired me to persevere in…

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World Soil Day

by Anera

Dec 5, 2022

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World Soil Day 2022: Overcoming Restrictions in Palestinian Agriculture The health of the soil in Palestine has suffered over the past several decades, due to land access restrictions, over-farming of small plots, and use of damaging fertilizers. Palestinian farmers are working to tackle the problems so they can keep up agricultural traditions that go back…

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Update from Lebanon

Sep 13, 2022

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When asked to give an update about Lebanon, what can I say? We have a dichotomous society. There are places where the beaches are full, restaurants are booked, and people are living seemingly normal lives. But the fact is for the majority of people in Lebanon, the situation is only getting worse. Perhaps the worst…

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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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Meet Mandy: A Palestinian Engineer in Gaza

by Anera

Mar 8, 2022

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In light of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, engineer Mandy Abu Kombouz talks to us about her life as a female engineer in Gaza. Standing before the school in a white hard hat and orange safety vest, Mandy Abu Kombouz is 27 years old, veiled, proud, and the only female Palestinian engineer on…

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Flooding in Gaza

Jan 26, 2022

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We didn’t expect the storms that hit Gaza. It has been raining off and on for two weeks. At times it has been really intense. If Gaza receives more than 20 millimeters of rain, flooding happens. Just in three hours last week the floods started. Flooding affects all aspects of water delivery and management in…

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A Profile in Passion for Gaza’s Children

Nov 29, 2021

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Anera’s Early Childhood Development Program Feeds Preschoolers and Fuels Their Development Suad Lubbad’s personal mission is to help encourage young Palestinian children to grow, learn and develop the skills they will need to build their future. As a program officer with Anera’s Farms to Fosool (“classrooms” in Arabic) project, her priority for preschoolers is a…

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Yet Another Explosion in Lebanon. What More Can We Endure?

Aug 16, 2021

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Lebanon has had yet another horrible disaster. On early Sunday morning, August 15, a fuel tank exploded in Akkar, one of the poorest areas of the country. The causes are still under investigation, but the explosion left 28 people dead and injured nearly 100 others. This has happened at a time when the economy has…

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One Year Ago, Beirut Exploded. Now the Situation is Worse.

Aug 4, 2021

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It was midnight and I was driving my husband to the hospital for a medical emergency. I travelled through a city cloaked in darkness. We hadn’t had electricity in Beirut for days. The street lights were off and the roads were empty in a place that once vibrated with life 24/7. My eyes filled up…

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Medical Aid Needed Across Palestine During a Time of Crisis and Turmoil

Jun 7, 2021

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Medical aid is needed across all of Palestine during this time. Palestine has been in crisis for the last month. Not just from the war in Gaza, but also from recent events in the West Bank.

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