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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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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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Lebanon: A Revolution — Inside/Out

Nov 14, 2019

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Messages from Lebanon’s youth I was in Washington DC last month for Anera’s annual gala on October 11. During my visit, I also participated in a series of strategic meetings and events. I had a very fruitful week there. I met young professionals who, like me, work in the field of development. I also met young…

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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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What Are Palestinian Refugee Camp Conditions Like?

by Anera

Sep 5, 2019

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Refugee Camp Living Conditions | Medicine in Refugee Camps | Education in Refugee Camps | Refugee Unemployment There are 58 official Palestinian refugee camps. They are located in Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon. Many of the camps were created in 1948 as a result of the first Arab-Israeli war. Other camps were…

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Working for Humanity: My Story with Anera

Aug 19, 2019

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From freelance writer to national communication manager. I have been working directly with refugee communities, both Syrian and Palestinian, for the past eight years. I have worked with numerous humanitarian organizations, large and small, local and international, and saw many inspiring things, and many disappointing things. I saw hardworking individuals giving their best to help…

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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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Working to Empower the People and Environment of Palestine

Apr 19, 2019

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As an environmental studies graduate and a recent volunteer in the West Bank, where I saw firsthand the threats to the natural environment, I am reflecting on Earth Day this year through the context of the Palestinian natural landscape. The environmental situation in the Palestinian territories is devastating. A range of factors create an unhealthy…

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