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Fearful, sad and shocked in Gaza

Sep 15, 2020

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“‘Fearful, sad and shocked,’ this is how I feel right now,” says Ahmad Najjar. Luckily, we received two shipments of PPE shortly before the outbreak in Gaza. An interview with Ahmad Najjar, Anera’s medical donations program coordinator in Gaza I was shocked when I heard about the discovery of the first four cases of COVID-19…

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Assessing Damaged Homes and Rebuilding Beirut

Aug 13, 2020

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Over the past couple of days, I set out to conduct damage assessments at homes in my beloved hometown of Beirut. I had with me a team with backgrounds in construction, social work and engineering. We confined ourselves to Beirut’s Bourj El Hammoud neighborhood, one of the worst hit by the explosion last week. Glass…

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Vocational students in Lebanon combat COVID-19

by Anera

Jul 27, 2020

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Abdul Rahim is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. While still a child, he had to drop out of school to support his family. Recently, the teen enrolled in one of Anera’s vocational education courses on sewing. Now he is employed full-time making face masks and helping Lebanon combat COVID-19.

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Health Awareness Sessions in Gaza

by Anera

Jul 20, 2020

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In Gaza, public health is threatened by poor sanitation infrastructure and environmental conditions. With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera is helping to address these challenges in the village of Bani Suheila through public health awareness sessions and connecting homes to the sanitation system. These health awareness sessions help address threats to well-being by offering…

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Gaza Greenhouse Repair

by Anera

Jul 14, 2020

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For many farmers in Gaza, their dreams rest on the crops they grow inside their greenhouses. The economic situation for Gaza farmers is extremely challenging — a day-to-day struggle to earn enough to provide for their families. Anera works with local farmers in Gaza to improve farming methods, construct greenhouses and repair them when needed….

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This crisis doesn’t ask for your ID

Jun 25, 2020

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Lebanon faces an unprecedented crisis The news from Lebanon has been grim for sometime now, and it gets more dire every day. We are in an unprecedented situation. Businesses are closing and we regularly hear of layoffs. Around half of the population is unemployed and many families who have financial means are choosing to leave…

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Providing food for those in need in Gaza and Lebanon during Ramadan

by Anera

May 20, 2020

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GAZA LEBANON Every year during Ramadan, Anera assembles food parcels with an array of pantry essentials for hungry families in Gaza and Lebanon. This year, due to the economic distress caused by COVID-19, our food parcels were even more important. To meet the heightened need, we have expanded and incorporated new elements into our distributions…

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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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