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World Soil Day

Dec 5, 2019

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Naser Qadous is Anera Palestine’s Agricultural Programs Manager Restoring the Environment To feed the world we need healthy soil. Agriculture is almost totally dependent on water and soil. Aside from hydroponics, which is small scale, soil is essential for farming and much else. For me, soil is life itself. For the West Bank and Gaza,…

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Update from Gaza

by Anera

Nov 13, 2019

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Conflict between Gaza and Israel is once again escalating this week. The following account of the current situation for civilians in Gaza comes from a call with an Anera Gaza staff member. “It was quiet for about 6 hours overnight but the bombing started again at around dawn. “We’re all so tired of this in…

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Wildfires and mass protests – an update from Anera Lebanon

Oct 25, 2019

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I am writing this from home because we haven’t been able to go to the office. This is now the ninth day of demonstrations. The day before yesterday the protests accelerated and there are now more roadblocks. Even if you live in Beirut you won’t be able to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in a…

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The Importance of Cooperatives in Palestine

Jul 5, 2019

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By Naser Qadous, Anera’s agricultural programs manager A cooperative is defined as a legal entity representing a group of individuals that come together to achieve a common objective. Their purpose is to serve themselves and their community and to work together as a team. The first cooperative in Palestine  – and in the larger Arab…

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It’s a state of emergency in Gaza

May 17, 2019

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By Sami Matar Conditions in Gaza now are worse than they have ever been. Across all the governorates, the percentages of people who are jobless, who don’t have enough to eat, is up. Seventy percent of people in Gaza are food insecure. I see it in my own neighborhood and it’s the same situation everywhere…

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International Women’s Day 2019: Women Who Inspire Us

by Anera

Mar 29, 2019

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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are highlighting a woman every Friday from either Palestine or Lebanon who is a leader in her community, changing social norms or making the world a better place.  Nihal Halimi Engineer in Lebanon “It was really hard for me to enter…

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How Music Therapy Helps Palestinian Children

by Anera

Nov 10, 2017

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By Buran Saada, Anera teacher trainer and music therapist When I was only a school girl, I discovered my voice. My music teacher noticed that I could adapt to different music styles, so she picked me to sing in the school choir. In high school, I joined a band called Al-Awda, meaning “the return,” alluding…

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How Palestinian Farmers Cherish an Ancient Tradition

Nov 3, 2017

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In our Jerusalem office, we all know it’s olive harvest season when our colleague Ma’moun, our maintenance officer, takes an entire week off. Last week, he returned after a week off with a great feeling of fulfillment. He had turned a batch of ripe olives into luscious olive oil. Farmers across Palestine feel the same…

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How Palestinian Children Can Get the Right Start

Oct 18, 2017

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My childhood was the most beautiful time of my entire life. I used to spend my time playing in the alleys of Arroub refugee camp, my home in the West Bank. Despite the camp’s uncovered sewage canals, poor lighting and dusty, unpaved streets, life was not complicated. My neighbors and I made a playground of…

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The Stories Tapestries Tell

Oct 3, 2017

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Inside an embroidery workshop in the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sabah stands at the helm of an important component of Palestinian identity and history. Not only is she an instructor of Palestinian embroidery, but she’s also a keeper of stories accumulated throughout the two decades of her career. Sabah’s workshop is…

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