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 5 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 15-year-long blockade that limits the flow of goods and people into and out of the region. As a result, poverty, poor sanitation and unreliable water and 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. In the wake of bombings, we deliver hot meals and other emergency supplies for the displaced families.

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 early education and medical care, empowering women and girls and supporting family agriculture. By fostering meaningful collaborations within the communities we serve, our staff strive to bring long-lasting change to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Lebanon

Lebanon is home to more than 1 million Palestinian and Syrian refugees, many of whom lack access to necessities like adequate housing, education and employment opportunities. And the collapse of the Lebanese financial system has thrown millions of Lebanese into poverty in recent years, leaving many more people in need of humanitarian assistance. 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. After the explosion at the Beirut port in 2020, Anera immediately acted to provide emergency support to the overwhelmed area medical centers. And we adapted our programs to include longer term responses to the destruction by, for instance, restoring the homes and apartments of vulnerable families who saw their housing destroyed in the blast.

Quick and Flexible Response

Our staff and volunteers in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan 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 medical aid 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 2021 and 2022, 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 vulnerable Lebanese, and Palestinian and Syrian refugees that fled Syria’s conflict. Our emergency response and the speed of our assistance efforts rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters.

“We lost everything, including our clothing and furniture...and our stove. We couldn’t even salvage one single cooking pot. The entire kitchen is gone.”

— The father of 9-year-old Islam (pictured) describes the damage his family’s home sustained in May 2021. They got hot meals from Anera while they rebuilt their lives.

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.