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Getting Ready for COVID-19 in Gaza

Mar 23, 2020

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The Situation in Gaza Gaza has suffered 14 years of blockade. The economic situation is dire, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, and the health care system is overstretched. There is a chronic shortage of essential medicines and health care supplies. Hospitals are not well prepared to respond to normal medical…

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An update on our work during the pandemic

by Anera

Mar 19, 2020

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Anera is carefully following the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our people, partners and programs. Our thoughts and best wishes for health and safety are with everyone in the Anera family  – staff, donors, partners, funders, and most particularly the Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians living in the vulnerable communities where we work…

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Providing for Family While Reducing Flooding in Gaza, Palestine

by Anera

Mar 16, 2020

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With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera hired 30 laborers to remove accumulated dirt and sand from 1,800 storm drains in Gaza City during heavy rains. The work mitigates flooding and benefits 400,000 residents. The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official…

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Updates from Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 10, 2020

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October 17, 2019 marked the onset of ongoing public protests in Lebanon in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide. A series of mismanaged crises that hit the country in the preceding weeks, including a dollar shortage, gas stations on strike, and taxes imposed on basic commodities and services, triggered…

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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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