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Emergency Storm Response in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley

by Anera

Feb 6, 2019

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In Lebanon, 70,000 refugees are at risk during extreme weather events. Of that number, over half are children, some 40,000. Last month, Lebanon was battered by two heavy storms. The impact on Syrian refugees living in tent camps was particularly acute. The first storm, Norma, struck on January 6 with heavy rain, high winds and…

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TAKREEM 2018 International Contribution to Arab Society Award Video

by Anera

Dec 27, 2018

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Congratulations to all Anera’s staff, board, and supporters on winning the Takreem 2018 International Contribution to Arab Society Award! More information about the award is available in our press release.

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Anera’s Top 10 Success Stories of 2018

by Anera

Dec 26, 2018

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This list highlights our most popular stories and blog posts from 2018. We hope you enjoy! 10. Three Generations of Support: Our Family & Anera Reflecting on the genesis of Anera and her family’s support for the organization since the beginning, Betty Sams wrote in a guest blog post, “In August of 1967, 50 people from all…

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Holiday Message from Anera (2018)

by Anera

Dec 21, 2018

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Wishing everyone a safe, peaceful and happy holidays from everyone at Anera! Your support in 2018 allowed us to help refugees and vulnerable communities across Palestine and Lebanon. See what we plan to do in 2019 and how you can help. 

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Determining Our Own Destiny in Palestine and Beyond

Dec 10, 2018

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From the Refugee Camp to the United States I was born in Jalazone Refugee Camp in 1951 (north of Ramallah in the West Bank). My parents came from a village near Lod called Beit Nabala but became refugees along with my grandparents, uncles and aunts after the 1948 war. My family now lives in refugee…

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Anera Then and Now

by Anera

Dec 4, 2018

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This page will revisit some of the thousands of projects and people who Anera has worked with over the years to see where they are now — from universities that got their start with Anera’s help to teachers who changed their classroom with new skills they gained. #anerathenandnow “Years ago I visited a community in Nassariya,…

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The Cornerstone of Palestinian Society: Family

by Anera

Nov 28, 2018

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Families have always been the cornerstone of Palestinian society, and serve as the first place where children can learn respect, self-esteem, responsibility, community and most importantly love. These values, when amplified in society at-large, shape a nation. That is why Anera strives to deliver projects and programs that directly benefit Palestinian families in the West…

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Serving up hope

by Anera

Nov 21, 2018

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Soufra brings traditional Palestinian dishes to the streets of Beirut Anera’s work is only possible with the help of our local partners. One of those partners, Mariam Shaar of the Women’s Programs Association (WPA) in Lebanon, helped launch a food service company providing delicious Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine. Mariam was born to Palestinian parents in…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Anera

by Anera

Nov 20, 2018

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From all of us here at Anera, happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! Your support has allowed us to continue our critical work helping refugees and vulnerable communities in Palestine and Lebanon, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We’re heading into a busy holiday season, so I hope you’ll take just one minute…

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Enjoy a Recipe from Gaza for Palestinian Date Cookies

by Anera

Nov 8, 2018

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Last year, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera supported eight women’s cooperatives with dough mixers, pans, cooking utensils and stoves to support their professional work and help them generate income despite the difficult economic conditions in Gaza. To say thank you to the Anera community, the women of Al Hakoura Women’s Cooperative have shared their favorite recipe…

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