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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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Palestinian Teachers Day

Dec 14, 2021

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This day is the perfect moment to salute a special group of Palestinian educators. Seventeen remarkable teachers from five Nablus-area preschools have come together for their first specialized training on early childhood development (ECD).  I am thrilled with the level of education and commitment among the teachers in this training group. They choose to work…

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World Soil Day

Dec 5, 2021

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World Soil Day 2021 in Palestine By Hasan Ashqar About the author: Hasan Ashqar graduated from the University of Jordan in 1994 with a specialty in soil and irrigation. Hasan works in the Palestinian ministry of agriculture as general director of planning and policies. He started his career there in soil management and irrigation. Now…

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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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Surviving the Attacks on Gaza

May 14, 2021

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On Monday night, we began hearing explosions in Gaza. This was the start of the missile attacks that have lasted through the week. Just the day before – luckily! – we finished distributing six pallets of medicines to 14 hospitals. Now the crossing for such shipments is closed and we are facing more bombardments of…

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Refugees Endure: Marking 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

by Anera

Mar 15, 2021

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A Grim Milestone March 15, 2021 marks 10 years since the beginning of hostilities in Syria. The fighting has destroyed ancient cities, killed hundreds of thousands, displaced about two-thirds of the country’s population, and created extreme hardship for those left behind and for those who fled. Six million Syrians have sought refuge abroad, many in…

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