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Anera Partners With UNICEF on a Development Program for Adolescents in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon | December 2014 – Anera is proud to announce its partnership with the UN’s Children Agency UNICEF to implement a one-year emergency development program for refugee youth affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon.

The $1.5 million program, funded by Germany, entitled “Quick Impact Skills Development for Adolescents Affected by the Syrian Crisis,” is part of UNICEF’s humanitarian assistance for Lebanon as the country copes with the influx of refugees from the Syrian civil war.

The program will help develop education and life-skill opportunities for more than 11,000 youths in 15 locations throughout northern Lebanon and the southern city of Sidon. It will focus on out-of-school youths, aged 14-18, who are the most marginalized and disadvantaged age group.

UNICEF’s partnership with Anera will ensure equitable access to educational opportunities for Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian youth. Teens in the program will benefit from non-formal education and life-skills packages, including hygiene promotion, and innovative sports activities that mitigate conflict and develop interpersonal skills.

To ensure that the learning is meaningful, the program has adopted a thematic and interdisciplinary methodology that teaches literacy, math, and computer skills. It gives young people the opportunity to engage in health promotion activities designed to encourage their leadership roles in improving their communities at large.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

About Anera
American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) advances the well-being of people in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. Through partnerships and close consultation with local groups and communities, Anera responds to economic, health and educational needs with sustainable solutions and also delivers humanitarian aid during emergencies.