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How Your Solidarity Means the World to Refugees

by Anera

May 23, 2017

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Anera’s Hani Almadhoun reflects on celebrating Ramadan, from Gaza to Utah. I started fasting at the age of seven. As a little boy, it was exciting to see all of my family under one roof, elbowing each other, trying to get more of that popular dish before it ran out. Mom and Dad always made sure…

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Rania’s Diary: Living Without Light in Gaza

May 10, 2017

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Early this week, I took a day off to stay home. It wasn’t for family time, school meetings or having friends over for dinner. I simply took the day off to wash the piles of laundry that had amassed on my balcony. Sadly, people here cannot focus on anything but the Gaza electricity crisis, which…

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5 Reasons Why #RamadanSolidarity Matters This Year

by Anera

May 3, 2017

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When our team sat down to discuss the approaching month of Ramadan, what dawned on us was that this was a Ramadan unlike any other. Sure, the traditions may be the same, the message of reflection remains central and it’ll be observed by millions. From one corner of the earth to the next, families will gather…

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What It’s Like to Be a Woman Doctor in Area C, Palestine

Apr 27, 2017

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Not only is Dr. Fathiya Misyef one of the leading OB/GYNs in Palestine, she is also a well-respected female doctor who heads the Al-Walajeh Clinic. Al-Walajeh is a small Palestinian village in Area C of the West Bank, some kilometers northwest of Bethlehem. I sat down with Dr. Fathiya to talk about life in the West…

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Palestinian Farmers Embody the Spirit of Earth Day

by Anera

Apr 21, 2017

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For Earth Day 2017, we caught up with Dr. Mansour, a Palestinian medical doctor and farmer who was part of Anera’s agricultural knowledge sharing program. Using the skills he learned, he and his sister Ni’ma lovingly tend to their farm in Beit Duqo, West Bank. With a bunch of yellow roses in his hand, Dr….

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West Bank Farmers Recycle Wastewater to Nourish Crops

by Anera

Mar 24, 2017

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Meet a Palestinian farmer who is irrigating his alfalfa and trees with a valuable resource, wastewater, that was being thrown away as crops died. In the fertile plains of Marj Ibn Amer Valley, Jenin, a Palestinian farmer was struggling to grow crops and feed his livestock, given the scarce water resources in the West Bank….

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Meet Fadwa, a Palestinian Woman Making a Big Difference in Her Village

by Anera

Mar 8, 2017

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This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the bold spirit and vast achievements of Palestinian women and female refugees. Women don’t always have adequate support in their societies, but when they are given opportunities, they thrive and improve the lives of those around them. Meet Fadwa, one Palestinian woman who’s making a big difference in her…

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Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture

by Anera

Feb 7, 2017

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The agricultural industry in Palestine is deeply hindered by water scarcity – an-ever growing problem. Though the agriculture sector uses nearly 45% of all water available to Palestinians in the West Bank, only 10% of the West Bank’s cultivated area is irrigated. But now, farmers have a new way to water their crops. Anera’s first-of-its-kind…

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Sorting and Recycling Waste in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp

by Anera

Dec 21, 2016

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In Lebanon’s Nahr El Bared refugee camp, trash is dumped everywhere. It fills the streets and covers sports fields. As the camp runs out of space, residents dump waste dangerously close to the sea. To make matters worse, scavengers often tear open bags to find recyclables that they can sell, leaving a huge mess. They burn…

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Destroyed Preschool in Shejaiya, Gaza Gets Rebuilt

by Anera

Nov 29, 2016

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During the 2014 war in Gaza, the Shejaiya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City was heavily bombed. The war damaged hundreds of buildings, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless. The few preschools in Shejaiya that existed prior to the war were entirely destroyed. Early childhood development (ECD) is essential to the cognitive, social and…

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