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Letter to My Mother in Gaza

May 13, 2018

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Dear Om Mazin, it’s been more than five years since we were in the same room together and I miss that very much. Every passing day, I think about the joy of being in your company and in your eyesight. As a little boy growing up in Gaza, things did not always make sense. Back…

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11 Years of Visiting Gaza, Seeing it Deteriorate

Apr 25, 2018

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Since December 2007 I have visited Gaza nine times. It is April 2018 and I just got back from a trip there. Over the course of 11 years, I have seen this beautiful strip of land deteriorate to the point where it is hard to imagine how much worse it can be. On my first…

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5 Ways Anera Helps Protect the Environment

by Anera

Apr 23, 2018

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Did you know that one of Anera’s priorities is protecting the environment? We incorporate green practices into a variety of projects, from building with recycled materials to irrigating with treated water. Here are five ways, thanks to our community of supporters, we are helping to address pollution, climate change and limited resources in Palestine (Gaza/West…

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Updates from Gaza for Water Day 2018

Mar 22, 2018

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How often does one see government officials continue as planned with a scheduled public appearance after an assassination attempt against them en route? Last week, after a bomb detonated near the convoy of the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, he continued on to inaugurate the Northern Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment plant. That tells us how important…

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7 Years On: Remembering Syrian Refugees

by Anera

Mar 15, 2018

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After seven years of war in Syria, more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in informal tented settlements, abandoned buildings, or cramped spaces in decades-old Palestinian camps within Lebanon. Among them are the “twice refugeed”—displaced Palestinian refugees from Syria. They join the half-million Palestinian refugees already living in formal camps in Lebanon. Syrians living in…

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When women are empowered, everyone benefits.

by Anera

Mar 8, 2018

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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, founder of the Bir Zeit University Women’s Studies Program   Women and girls are a powerful force in…

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Five for Fifty

by Anera

Jan 24, 2018

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Anera Commemorates our 50th Anniversary with Five Different Series In 1968, Anera started its work delivering humanitarian relief to refugees from the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. Thousands of Palestinians were left homeless and impoverished and a small group of concerned Americans began working to provide immediate assistance to those in need. 50 years later, Anera…

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To Help Refugees, Help the Whole Community

Dec 21, 2017

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On a recent trip to Lebanon, my first to the region as the new head of Anera, I met with a group of youth. Two were Syrian refugees, one a Palestinian refugee from Syria (a refugee twice over), one a Palestinian refugee who’s grown up in Lebanon, and one a Lebanese. Though their stories and…

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Top 17 Stories of 2017

by Anera

Dec 14, 2017

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As we approach the new year, let’s take a look back at some of the top stories and blogs from 2017. These stories were chosen by you, our supporters, because of their popularity on social media. 17. Gaza Women Find Opportunity in Co-Op “Easy come, easy go,” says 21-year-old Shorouq. “But in Gaza, nothing comes…

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10 Reasons to #GiveHope this Giving Tuesday

Nov 21, 2017

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When you donate to Anera this Giving Tuesday, your gift will be matched up to $10,000. Below, we list 10 more reasons to #givehope to refugees and vulnerable communities. 1. Refugees need help more than ever While some countries are closing their doors to refugees, others are spread thin trying to accommodate the millions of…

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