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On-the-Ground | Youth Dreams Deferred: Lebanon’s Biggest Population Has Few Options

by Anera

Mar 9, 2020

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Lebanon’s Youth Demand Change Lebanon rang in 2020 with fireworks and the clanging of spoons on pots, the sounds of people protesting the Lebanese government over corruption and mismanagement. The mass protest movement is a youth revolution. They are the ones who started it and who have kept it going. They are demanding change. Youth…

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In her own words: Dalia Awad on her coding journey

by Anera

Mar 7, 2020

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It all started when I was in high school. I really enjoyed our technology classes and wanted to know more about programming. I began with a C language online course. I still remember the feeling when I built my first “Hello World!” project. I knew for sure that this is what I’ll be doing for…

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Rahma Shehade (Anera’s very own Mary Poppins) – International Women’s Day 2020 Profile

by Anera

Mar 6, 2020

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Rahma Shehade, also known as Um Hadi, has been working at Anera’s main office in Beirut since 2017. She is a Palestinian mother of four from Safad District. Like many of the people we serve, she has been a refugee in Lebanon her entire life. As office manager at Anera, she ensures that the office…

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Investing in Women: Strengthening Communities Across Palestine, Lebanon & Jordan

by Anera

Mar 6, 2020

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“No society can be just, and no human or economic development even-spread and sustainable if women, who represent half of the population, are left behind, if their needs and aspirations are not addressed.” Dr. Lamis Abu-Nahleh This statement, which first appeared in the fall 1996 issue of Anera News, comes from Dr. Lamis Abu-Nahleh, a…

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Aisha Arrabi – International Women’s Day 2020 Profile

by Anera

Mar 5, 2020

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Aisha Arrabi is currently a volunteer coordinator at a women’s empowerment group in Burj El Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon. Their objective is to raise awareness among women in the camp on the many issues which affect their lives, their bodies and their futures. Aisha says, “I want to encourage each and every woman…

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Kholood Was Born to Make Delicious Food – Nablus, Palestine

by Anera

Mar 4, 2020

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Kholood is from Nablus, Palestine and is passionate about cooking. She likes to cook for her extended family whenever she feels sad and turns to cooking as a form of therapy. Kholood discovered her cooking skills after her husband fell ill as a way to find mental relief and bring in more income for her…

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Palestinian dreams matter

Feb 27, 2020

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Lena is on the Associate Board at Anera When I was young, we often celebrated Black History Month at school by reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. The legendary civil rights leader was also a great speaker, and his words were powerful. King’s most famous quote is, of course, from a speech that he delivered…

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Hydroponic Greenhouse at the CSSL Women’s Center in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

by Anera

Feb 24, 2020

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Anera recently built a hydroponic greenhouse to take advantage of the open space on the rooftop of the Cooperative Society for Saving and Lending (CSSL) women’s center in Gaza. They are now growing organic produce like lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, leafy greens and herbs like mint. The hydroponic system allows them to grow food using…

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Sustainable Energy in Palestine & Lebanon Through Solar Power

by Anera

Feb 21, 2020

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Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza must largely rely on purchasing electricity from Israel. The power supply is unreliable, and a financial burden for families. In Gaza, hours-long blackouts are an everyday occurrence. Because the electrical supply is unpredictable, people often have to drop everything when the lights turn on to do chores and…

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Ramadan 2020

by Anera

Feb 21, 2020

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Each year, during the month of Ramadan, Anera delivers food packages to those in need in Gaza and Lebanon. Over the years, members of the Anera community have written about the meaning Ramadan holds for them and the importance of solidarity. In the U.S., Anera is hosting several Ramadan events this year. Check back, as…

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