Press Release

Ambassadors and Members of Congress Host Anera’s Annual Dinner: #LearnCreateGrow – Scaling Education in the Middle East

Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Hagel, Dina Kawar, Betty McCollum, Hunaina Al-Mughairy, David Price, Salem Al-Sabah, Rashida Tlaib, Chris Van Hollen among Honorary Hosts

October 4, 2019 | Washington, DC Members of the U.S. Congress and Washington’s Diplomatic Corps will attend Anera’s Annual Dinner on October 11 to show support for our shared commitment to expanding educational opportunities to refugees and remote, vulnerable communities in the Middle East.

Anera President and CEO Sean Carroll says,

“We are honored by this support from members of the U.S. Congress and Washington’s diplomatic corps and other leaders. Anera is so focused on doing whatever we can to improve lives for millions of displaced Palestinians and Syrians and vulnerable host communities, that having these leaders behind us and our work is critical and keeps us going, to help hope find a way in the Middle East.”

Since 2010, Anera has rehabilitated or built 208 kindergartens in Palestine serving 32,000 students every year. Anera has also trained 973 teachers and worked with 15,000 parents to help them provide critical parental support to their early learners. Anera has helped shape policy towards comprehensive early childhood development (ECD) with a national teachers’ ECD curriculum in Palestine.

In Lebanon, Anera delivers programs that provide basic and useable skills for literacy, math and in-demand vocations. As the largest per capita recipient of refugees in the world, Lebanon’s schools and NGO community have struggled to cope with the influx of millions of refugees. More than half of these new refugees in Lebanon are under 18 years old. Anera’s innovative non-formal education program focuses on bridging the gaps in education for Lebanon’s most vulnerable populations.

The dinner honors long-time supporters of Anera: Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm and the Tarazi family.

The Annual Dinner Honorary Host Committee includes H.E. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Embassy of the State of Kuwait; H.E. Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, The Sultanate of Oman; Secretary Chuck Hagel and Lilibet Hagel; H.E. Dina Kawar, Embassy of the Kingdom of Jordan; Designer Rami Kashou; United States Senator Dianne Feinstein; United States Congresswoman Betty McCollum; United States Congressman David Price; United States Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib; United States Senator Chris Van Hollen; H.E. Nicholas Veliotes, former U.S. ambassador to Jordan and Egypt.

Master of ceremonies, author Noura Erakat, will guide the evening.

WHEN: Friday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC

For more information:

Steven Fake
Media Relations Officer
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About Anera

For 51 years, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. In 2019, Anera delivered $48.8 million in programming. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.