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Is Gaza Unlivable?

Apr 1, 2020

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A UN report published in 2012 announced that Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. The predictions were about an alarming humanitarian crisis on a small strip of land. Here we are in 2020 and we’re grappling with a global pandemic!  It’s hard for the people of Gaza to fully grasp a silent unpredictable enemy like…

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An update from North Lebanon in the wake of the coronavirus threat

Mar 30, 2020

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In this solidarity we see hope By Ahlam Chalabi Ahlam is Anera’s area manager for North Lebanon. Lebanon has been in a crisis since October. Since coronavirus arrived here, things are even harder. The situation is really heavy. Day workers and the vulnerable are suffering the most. But difficult circumstances also bring out people doing…

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Getting Ready for COVID-19 in Gaza

Mar 23, 2020

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The Situation in Gaza Gaza has suffered 14 years of blockade. The economic situation is dire, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, and the health care system is overstretched. There is a chronic shortage of essential medicines and health care supplies. Hospitals are not well prepared to respond to normal medical…

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Updates from Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 10, 2020

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October 17, 2019 marked the onset of ongoing public protests in Lebanon in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide. A series of mismanaged crises that hit the country in the preceding weeks, including a dollar shortage, gas stations on strike, and taxes imposed on basic commodities and services, triggered…

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In her own words: Dalia Awad on her coding journey

by Anera

Mar 7, 2020

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It all started when I was in high school. I really enjoyed our technology classes and wanted to know more about programming. I began with a C language online course. I still remember the feeling when I built my first “Hello World!” project. I knew for sure that this is what I’ll be doing for…

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Rahma Shehade (Anera’s very own Mary Poppins) – International Women’s Day 2020 Profile

by Anera

Mar 6, 2020

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Rahma Shehade, also known as Um Hadi, has been working at Anera’s main office in Beirut since 2017. She is a Palestinian mother of four from Safad District. Like many of the people we serve, she has been a refugee in Lebanon her entire life. As office manager at Anera, she ensures that the office…

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Aisha Arrabi – International Women’s Day 2020 Profile

by Anera

Mar 5, 2020

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Aisha Arrabi is currently a volunteer coordinator at a women’s empowerment group in Burj El Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon. Their objective is to raise awareness among women in the camp on the many issues which affect their lives, their bodies and their futures. Aisha says, “I want to encourage each and every woman…

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Equipping Vulnerable Youth with Essential Life Skills in Lebanon

Feb 20, 2020

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By Christine Zahm, Anera Lebanon Youth Program Manager Many kids in Lebanon go to public schools that don’t teach them the skills they need to get ahead in life. Many others aren’t in school at all. The children come from vulnerable backgrounds. Sometimes their parents lack important life skills too. Families who strive to help…

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Cancer in Gaza: How Anera Meets Critical Needs

Feb 4, 2020

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Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases affecting humankind. Sadly, cancer is deadlier in some places than in others, due to a lack of medication, inhibited access to the latest treatment protocols, prohibitively expensive treatment costs, restricted access to care, late-stage disease diagnoses, an inadequate number of oncologists, etc. All of these challenges are present…

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A humanitarian crisis threatens Lebanon. We need your help.

Dec 17, 2019

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Samar is Anera’s country director in Lebanon Lebanon is on the verge of a humanitarian emergency. Due to an escalating financial crisis sharpened by the mass protest movement, the economy is shutting down as are the social services that families depend on. It has been two months since the start of the protests — a…

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