Humanitarian Relief

Crises Can Happen at Anytime

In a region where conflict and crises can happen at any time, Anera is always ready to step in to deliver humanitarian relief, easing people’s suffering and helping them return to their normal lives.

Families living in poverty have few resources available to confront emergency situations like flooding and war. In a time of emergency, the basic necessities of life like – food, shelter and water – disappear quickly. And when communities are closed off, like Gaza or the refugee camps of Lebanon, delivering humanitarian aid is even more challenging.

Thanks to the support of our donors, Anera currently maintains 12 offices and 120 staff members in the Middle East. Our teams are currently contributing to humanitarian relief efforts in three areas:

Gaza

Densely populated Gaza has suffered a decade-long border blockade that limits the flow of goods into the region. As a result, poverty, poor sanitation and unreliable power infrastructure are endemic problems. Anera is part of a network of on-the-ground relief organizations working to improve Gaza residents' lives by bringing in medical supplies, installing water and sewage networks and providing education and training.

The West Bank

Anera's work in the West Bank began in the aftermath of the 1967 war. We remain active in the region today, with a focus on improving access to clean water and medical care, empowering women and girls and providing vocational training. By fostering meaningful collaborations within the communities they serve, our volunteers and staff strive to bring long-lasting change to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Lebanon

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Palestinian and Syrian refugees, many of whom lack access to necessities such as housing, education and employment opportunities. Anera works directly with these communities to provide emergency humanitarian relief and long-term support through job programs, language training, health and hygiene initiatives and more.

Quick and Flexible Response

Our staff and volunteers in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon come from the communities they serve. As a result, we're able to draw from a wealth of highly specific local and cultural expertise, making us more agile and better equipped to create lasting change. Whether it's with relief for Lebanon refugees or humanitarian aid to Gaza, we strive to make the support of our donors deliver the greatest possible impact.

Anera has been delivering humanitarian relief for refugees and local communities since our founding in 1968, thanks to the help of supporters from all over the world.

Our staff managing in-kind donations have a tried-and-true system for getting families and communities what they need most: medicines, food packages, clothes, blankets, hygiene supplies, and more. They deliver many millions of dollars of humanitarian relief to families and medicines to charitable clinics and hospitals.

Our solid reputation and good working relationships with local authorities mean that our relief aid gets through to the people who need it most.

In 2014, Anera’s humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza meant that hospitals had the medicines they needed and that families had critically needed hygiene kits, water and food even while bombs fell. In Lebanon, we help ease the burden for thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees fleeing Syria’s conflict and for the families who have opened their homes to shelter them. Our emergency response and the speed of our assistance efforts rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters.

Palestinian refugee woman in Lebanon.

How It Works

  • Assess

    Assess the type of emergency and the damage inflicted.

  • Identify

    Identify primary needs of the community. 

  • Deliver

    Deliver timely relief through local staff on the ground. 

  • Monitor

    Monitor success and impact.

  • Implement

    Implement safeguards for future emergencies.

Anera delivered 8,700 blood bags to the Gaza Blood Bank so doctors can save lives in times of emergency.

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