UNICEF and Anera Renew Commitment to Education and Development
March 22, 2017 | American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) announced the renewal of its partnership with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to support its YOUTH and WASH programs. The announcement comes in line with a $5.9 million contribution donated by the governments of Germany, Netherlands, Canada and the United Kingdom to fund Anera’s work with underprivileged youth and solid waste management.
As the partnership with UNICEF enters its third year, Anera continues to support the “Quick Impact Skills Development for Youth Affected by the Syrian Crisis” project. This project encourages underprivileged youth to acquire essential life skills and professional competencies that improve their employability. The project will serve a total of 44,355 Lebanese, Palestinian, and Syrian out-of-school-youth aged 14-24 living in 88 locations among seven governorates: Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Bekaa, Baalbeck-Hermel, South, North, and Akkar. The main activities include non-formal courses in various vocational skills, health, life skills, literacy and math.
Anera will also tackle waste management through the “Community Based Solid Waste Management” projects in two Palestinian refugee camps: Al Rashidiyyeh in the South and Nahr El Bared in Akkar. Sixty youth volunteers will support the launch of trash sorting campaigns while awareness sessions and field visits will be organized by volunteers to ensure the efficiency and comprehension of the sorting process. The project will also improve the livelihood and safety of scavengers at the camps as well as support local initiatives for camp improvement.
Investment in these and other development projects help to improve the living conditions of underprivileged communities in Lebanon and maintain sustainable initiatives for a better future.
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Since 1968, Anera has been a leading provider of development, health, education, and employment programs to vulnerable communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. Anera reaches the region’s most vulnerable people with health, education and economic development programs and provides humanitarian and emergency relief in times of crisis. In 2016, the relief and development agency delivered over $57 million in programs to people in Lebanon and Palestine.
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