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Building A Better Future in Palestine – What’s Your Vision?

Apr 29, 2019

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A message from Anera President & CEO, Sean Carroll… During a recent visit to Palestine, I visited some fields laced by sanasil, stone wall terraces, in the West Bank. For millennia, these sanasil have protected the land they are built upon from erosion and farmer’s crops and orchards from flooding or grazing wild animals. While…

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Ramadan 2019

by Anera

Apr 24, 2019

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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. If one of…

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Happy Earth Day 2019!

by Anera

Apr 22, 2019

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Earth Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the threats facing our planet. In the dry climate of Palestine and parts of Lebanon, water is a scarce resource. The health of both humans and the environment suffer from water shortages, climate change and pollution. Farm fields lay fallow. Trees are few. And families have to save…

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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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11 ways Anera supports achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

by Anera

Apr 17, 2019

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Considering Anera’s work within an international framework Anera’s goal is to help people in difficult situations live lives filled with dignity, meaning and hope. We do so by providing emergency supplies when disaster strikes, and by implementing long-term programs covering health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and other critical issues. Creating stronger communities requires building up…

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World Health Day 2019

by Anera

Apr 5, 2019

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Good health is a critical foundation of any society. But in poor communities in Palestine and Lebanon, families have trouble accessing quality health care. Crumbling buildings, outdated equipment and a shortage of doctors and medicines diminish the standard of care that hospitals and clinics can provide. And restrictions on movement cause patients to rely on…

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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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Hope Competition: Crafting Violins to Support Syrian Refugees

Mar 27, 2019

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Late last fall, Marios Pavlou, a third-year student at The Newark School of Violin Making in the UK, reached out to Anera with a unique proposition: his school wanted to donate the proceeds from their instrument-building competition. The Newark School wanted sales of the instruments to support an organization working with Syrian refugees. Pavlou, originally…

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World Water Day 2019

by Anera

Mar 21, 2019

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Anera in Gaza — Driving Action for World Water Day Securing access to clean, drinkable water for all is one of the most critical priorities in communities affected by war and displacement. This achievement can’t come in the form of a handout or temporary solution — to make meaningful change, it must involve sustainable, long-term…

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Following the Philanthropic Example Set by My Family

Mar 6, 2019

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I’m a Palestinian-American born and raised in the city of Anabta, in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank. Anabta, known for its vast olive groves, and recognized for its highly educated residents and their contributions in the arts, literature and sciences, is in the northern West Bank, on the main highway between Nablus…

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