Children and youth everywhere need clean, safe spaces to learn. Unfortunately, schools in Palestine and Lebanon are often crumbling and overcrowded.
Many Palestinian schools operate on shoestring budgets with limited resources. As a result, they often don’t have running water or working toilets, let alone reading corners or science labs.
Although they are meant to be safe havens, schools in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon are often damaged or completely destroyed during periods of violence and war. Neglected schools lay in ruins throughout Palestine and Lebanon’s refugee camps.
Safe Spaces for Learning
For decades, Anera has been improving schools and educational facilities throughout the Middle East. In preschools and universities, community centers and vocational classrooms, we step in where we’re needed to ensure young people have safe spaces to learn and grow and the tools they need to succeed.
We build new structures and add classrooms onto existing ones. We install sanitation systems that make bathrooms clean and water safe to drink. Science labs are equipped with microscopes and beakers. Libraries are filled with books and computers.
Our education experts take every detail into consideration, whether that means providing kid-friendly furniture or making sure facilities are welcoming and accessible for all.
How It Works
We hire local workers to upgrade bathrooms, replace roofs, paint classrooms, repair and brighten playgrounds, install sun shades, erect water tanks for clean drinking water and much more.
Schools are equipped with quality learning materials like age-appropriate books, computers and musical instruments.
Ramps and elevators allow students with disabilities to access the education they deserve.
In Lebanon, where the influx of refugees creates the need for non-formal learning spaces, Anera transforms crumbling structures in remote areas into vibrant classrooms.
Girls and young women transform their lives through education in safe spaces, designed to take all social concerns into consideration.
Watch the transformation of two West Bank preschools into vibrant spaces that promote active learning and make school a fun place to be.