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Lebanon Situation Report

by Anera

Jul 16, 2021

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According to the World Bank, Lebanon currently faces one of the worst economic and financial crises anywhere on the planet. Beginning in 2019, the Lebanese pound’s (LBP) value decreased by 90%. Lebanon’s GDP contracted 6.7% in 2019 and 20.3% in 2020, and in 2021, the GDP is expected to contract 9.5%. The crisis decimated the…

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World Youth Skills Day 2021

by Anera

Jul 15, 2021

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July 15 is World Youth Skills Day, a day meant to celebrate the creativity and resilience of youth, and also to recognize the importance of giving young people the training and skills for employment and entrepreneurship. At Anera, our youth education programs are a priority, as we recognize the significance of this day and helping…

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Remembering Two Special Anera Supporters

by Anera

Jul 12, 2021

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We are sad to report that, in May, Anera lost two valued members of our community: Joseph Asfour and Michael Hudson.

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Updates on the Crisis in Palestine

by Anera

Jul 1, 2021

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We will continue to update this page to reflect the latest on the situation in Palestine (Gaza, West Bank) and Anera’s response. Help provide emergency support in Palestine Despite the ceasefire, Palestinian families face enormous challenges working to recover and rebuild in the wake of Israel’s recent bombing of Gaza. In East Jerusalem and the…

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World Refugee Day 2021

by Anera

Jun 30, 2021

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Did you know that one percent of the world’s population is displaced? That’s roughly 80 million people. Of that, 5.6 million are Palestinian — the largest group of refugees in the world. While it’s important that we honor and celebrate refugees on World Refugee Day, marked each year on June 20, we must remember them every day….

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Seeing Anera in Action

Jun 28, 2021

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By Anera Board Member Katherine Wilkens From June 5th to 13th I joined Anera CEO Sean Carroll and Board Chair Joe Saba on a trip to visit Anera staff and programs in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. Originally planned for May, our trip was delayed first…

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A Country in Depression

Jun 25, 2021

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After 8 months away, my recent return to Lebanon brought home how desperate the situation has become In 2019, tension in Lebanon had been brewing more and more each day. Prices were soaring, so was unemployment. Shortages in electricity, fuel and water were rampant, resulting in civil unrest which included acts of self immolation, increased…

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Don’t Forget the People of Lebanon

Jun 23, 2021

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“I write this to remind you, Anera’s community, that the people of this wonderful country are still living in an acutely terrible – but also chronic – situation. I believe that change will come, but in the meantime it’s our responsibility to keep people going and offer a glimpse of hope for the future.”

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Nabil is Using Vocational Education to Find Work in Lebanon

by Anera

Jun 21, 2021

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Nabil is a 20-year-old Palestinian refugee living in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. He is taking Anera’s vocational education course on plumbing to help position himself to find decent work in Lebanon’s grim labor market. Not only is he learning practical skills, but he is helping to restore houses to make them livable for their residents.

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Anera Reads

by Anera

Jun 8, 2021

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What we’re reading These are some of our staff’s favorite books that give some context to life, history and culture in the countries where we work: Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. We also feature some writings that describe the experiences of refugees and other communities related to those we serve in the Middle East that may…

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