The Olive Press

Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture


Feb 7, 2017

Posted in: 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… Read More

Sorting and Recycling Waste in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp


Dec 21, 2016

Posted in: 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… Read More

Destroyed Preschool in Shejaiya, Gaza Gets Rebuilt


Nov 29, 2016

Posted in: 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… Read More

Gaza Farms Burst With Sweet Potatoes


Nov 8, 2016

Posted in: Sweet potatoes are a common treat in Gaza. Vendors on the beach sell them from boxes held above their heads, and they flourish in the local soil. Farmers can make big profits from these tasty crops. However, many Gaza farms aren’t… Read More

New Preschool Built in Al Majd, Palestine


Jun 28, 2016

Posted in: ANERA’s early childhood development program is leading the way in setting standards for preschool education. In the past five years, ANERA has constructed 165 preschools across Palestine. The program also involves teacher training, music and arts curriculum, reading programs and… Read More

Gaza Water Crisis: Connecting Families to Clean Water


Mar 21, 2016

Posted in: In Gaza, many people lack regular access to clean water. According to UNOCHA, 1.3 million people in Gaza are in need of water and sanitation assistance. The Gaza water crisis makes cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and caring for livestock a… Read More

Students at Gaza Music School Receive ANERA Scholarships


Oct 26, 2015

Posted in: For over 20 years, ANERA has offered support to Palestinian students studying instruments at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in Palestine. Since 2010, donor support has allowed ANERA to also fund the Gaza Music School, which is now the… Read More

Gaza Agriculture: Restoring Farmland in Khan Younis


Oct 26, 2015

Posted in: Gaza agriculture was deeply impacted by Israeli bombing in 2014. Many fields – more than 42,000 acres of Gaza agricultural land – were destroyed, and others lay fallow due to lack of resources. ANERA’s Gaza Land Restoration project aims to… Read More

Rebuilding Amjad Preschool in Beit Hanoun, Gaza


Sep 18, 2015

Posted in: “Rubble was everywhere and nobody could believe that the pile of wreckage that was the preschool could come alive again,” said Boshra Hamad, head teacher at Al Amjad Preschool in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. In the summer of 2014, Al Amjad… Read More

Music and Art for Children in Palestine


Aug 5, 2015

Posted in: Creative expression has educational and psychological value for young children, especially for those living in turbulent conditions — like children in Palestine. That’s why music and the arts are a key component of ANERA’s early childhood development program in Gaza… Read More

Playgrounds Bring Smiles to West Bank Children


Apr 15, 2015

Posted in: In the sprawl of Palestinian cities and villages, there are few clean, safe public places where kids can play and explore. West Bank children are left to play in unsafe environments, like trash-filled streets and lots filled with rubble. ANERA supporters… Read More

Restoring Water for Gaza Families


Apr 5, 2015

Posted in: “Sometimes it took us four to five days to get a few drops,” says Wafa Shabat, describing what life was like without a reliable water connection in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. ANERA’s Urgent Water Systems Repair project supported by Islamic Relief… Read More

Gaza Children Receive TOMS Boots


Mar 23, 2015

Posted in: Winter in Gaza is brutal, especially in poor rural communities where many children lack proper footwear. Five-year-old Ali Shaquora walked 30 minutes to school each day—wearing an old pair of sandals. ANERA delivered TOMS shoes to his school in Gaza,… Read More

Helping Gaza Children Cope with Trauma


Feb 13, 2015

Posted in: In the past five years, Gaza has experienced three wars with the most recent, in the summer of 2014, being the most dangerous and destructive. The bombs have stopped falling, but the process of healing wounds is ongoing. Through interactive… Read More

West Bank Farmers Share Knowledge Across Borders

Jan 29, 2015

Posted in: Water is a critical yet diminishing resource in the Middle East, and that poses serious challenges for the region’s farming community. I knew that ANERA’s latest project, funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), to recycle run-off from Jenin’s wastewater… Read More

Crisis in Gaza 2014: ANERA Response Log


Dec 2, 2014

Posted in: Thanks to a dedicated and generous community of donors, ANERA’s Gaza staff was able to respond immediately to the bombings in Gaza. ANERA is one of the few international organizations that consistently gets health care and humanitarian relief supplies into Gaza.… Read More

Investing in Palestinian Women, Strengthening Palestinian Communities


Oct 22, 2014

Posted in: Lasting change occurs when mothers and female leaders are engaged. When women have access to educational and economic opportunities, they invest in their families and communities. This investment, in turn, strengthens an entire society. In this video we hear from… Read More

Education for Palestinian Children


Sep 29, 2014

Posted in: ANERA is investing in upgrading preschools, training teachers, producing resources, and addressing wider issues by leading the way in developing a national early childhood development strategy in the West Bank and Gaza. Thanks to contributions from individuals and educational foundations… Read More

Two West Bank Preschools Become Vibrant Learning Spaces


Feb 18, 2014

Posted in: The majority of Palestinian preschools in the West Bank and Gaza are inadequate environments for the care and education of children. Many schools were not initially designed to be childcare and education centers, and are instead last-minute additions to community… Read More

Sports for Peace in Lebanon


Nov 21, 2013

Posted in: A news report about ANERA’s Sports for Peace project that aims to bridge divides between communities in conflict in Lebanon. Read More

Helping Palestinian Refugee Children in Lebanon Do Better in School


Oct 4, 2012

Posted in: In Lebanon, ANERA supports remedial education and active learning for youth in Palestinian camps through financial aid and support of educational institutions. Meet Saja in Nahr El Bared. She is taking full advantage of the support ANERA gives. Read More

A New Computer Room for a West Bank Girls’ School


Oct 2, 2012

Posted in: With only $20,000, ANERA fully equipped the computer room at Kufur Thulth Girls’ Secondary School near Qalqilia, West Bank. With regular access to good computers and reliable Internet, the 400 girls at the school are using the tools they need… Read More

ANERA Delivers TOMS Shoes in Gaza


Apr 24, 2012

Posted in: Years of blockade and economic hardships in Gaza mean that many children are forced to walk to school barefoot or in sandals and other flimsy shoes. Read More