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World Water Day

by Anera

Mar 17, 2021

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Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day. World Water Day in the Time of COVID-19 It’s been one year since people started isolating at home to fight off the pandemic. Hospitals filled up with new patients and communities that were vulnerable to begin with suffered more than ever. In…

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Anera’s Own Mothers: A Conversation Among Colleagues

Mar 17, 2021

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In Celebration of Mothers Day in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and other Arab Countries By now, we’ve all seen the headlines and know the data. The pandemic has taken a toll on women, especially mothers. Between working and overseeing virtual schooling to juggling child care and elder care, working mothers across the globe have been stretched…

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Everything Is Falling Apart In My Beloved Country

Mar 16, 2021

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I really can’t believe what’s happening to my beloved country. I think it’s fair to say that Lebanon has officially fallen. I honestly have never felt this desperate and sad. We’ve been through years of civil war, and yet I still haven’t seen it this bad. Things have been deteriorating for a long time –…

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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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Promoting Menstrual Hygiene & Health in Arsal, Lebanon’s Syrian Refugee Camp

by Anera

Mar 12, 2021

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In the remote Syrian refugee camp located in Arsal, Lebanon, Anera has begun promoting menstrual hygiene and health through our UNHCR-funded waste and recycling program.

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#HerStory: Meet Najwa, A Small Business Owner from Beit Hanoun, Gaza

by Anera

Mar 8, 2021

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As a small business owner in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Najwa persists amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She was able to establish a small grocery in her community thanks to a grant from Anera — part of our women’s empowerment program in partnership with the Cooperative Society for Savings and Lending (CSSL) in Beit Hanoun.

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Opportunity is the Biggest Difference

Mar 5, 2021

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Last week Khalid launched a fundraiser to help vaccinate Palestinian refugees. Here he tells us the story behind the campaign. My dad is a decades-long supporter of Anera and my two sisters and I have supported the organization more recently by following its impact on social media, donating to its campaigns, and attending its annual…

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Mar 3, 2021

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We will update this log regularly to provide an ongoing report back to donors on the ways Anera is responding during this COVID-19 crisis. We will also be providing occasional updates about conditions on the ground and our staff. Please visit and share this page often! We are also creating Arabic-language COVID-19 health materials addressing…

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#HerStory: Meet Dalia, An Anera PLUS Career Accelerator Graduate from Gaza

by Anera

Mar 1, 2021

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Anera’s People Leveling Up Skills (PLUS) program is a career accelerator giving young people the technical skills they need to begin successful careers. Students go through a 20-week training in full-stack software development followed by career mentorship.

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A Family Touched by Wartime Internment Supports Refugee Education

Feb 26, 2021

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Rachel, Tony, and Adrian Kitzinger recently donated to Anera and shared the following moving story to provide background on the donation. Our father, Ernst Kitzinger, fled Germany in 1933 and ended up in England some years later.  As you may know, at the start of WWII, the British rounded up and deported all Germans living…

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