Anera in the News


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Meet 6 Nonprofits Responding To The Most Damaging Disasters Of 2020

GlobalGiving highlights the work of Anera in helping Beirut rebuild after the port explosion, which topped the list of most damaging disasters in 2020. To help the residents of Beirut recover, Anera focused on their immediate needs like medical supplies and food. Read the full post at GlobalGiving.

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Craving Palestine: Cherished recipes of a centuries-old cuisine

A new cookbook with more than 100 recipes from leading Palestinians in the diaspora presents a range of traditional and adapted dishes. The proceeds go to Anera and the communities it serves in Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan, funding education, health and development programs. Read the full review at Middle East Eye.


Anera Streams Its Annual Gala

Anera’s 2020 Global Gala—streamed to a global audience on Oct. 2—was a Friday night to remember during this pandemic. Read the writeup in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in the November/December 2020 issue.

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Anera Responds Quickly and Effectively to the Beirut Explosion

With the crucial support of international donors, Anera and other organizations on the ground in Lebanon have been at the forefront of the efforts to meet emergency needs. Read the piece in the PQMD newsletter.

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Interview with Nisreen Khalaf and Spotlight on Anera's Internship Program

ABPA Institute has a partnership with Anera to place students into internships. They spoke to Anera Director of Medical Donations, Nisreen Khalaf, about the work she does. Read the interview at ABPA.

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Anera CEO Sean Carroll explains how the world is responding to Beirut explosion

Sean Carroll and his team are currently leading the world's response to the Beirut explosion. Almost all shipments and operations are currently going through Anera, no matter the originating organization. Steve and Sean discuss what the people of Beirut currently need and the challenges of this sad disaster in the most trying of circumstances. Watch the interview at Airlink's Youtube channel show, Flightpath.

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Samar El-Yassir Receives 2020 Operational Excellence Award

Highlighting the vital role of colleagues who contribute to positive impact in this sector, Humentum's Operational Excellence Awards recognized Samar El-Yassir and four other individuals and teams showcasing innovation, collaboration, and lasting impact through their inspiring work.
Read the press release at Humentum.

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Palestinian cookbook brings love to the table

The “Craving Palestine” cookbook will be out in mid-September. Full proceeds of book sales will go towards Anera’s education, health and development programs which will benefit Palestinian communities in Gaza, the West Bank and in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. Read the article at TRT World.

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Channelling off the heat

Palestinian children photographed sliding down an irrigation canal on a hot day in Jericho. Anera completed a project to modernize the irrigation system in 2006. Read the article at The Straits Times.

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Emergency Medical Airlift Arrives in Lebanon in Wake of Explosion

Late Saturday, Aug. 22, FedEx loaded those supplies onto a FedEx Express Boeing 777 at the FedEx World Hub. The flight landed at noon in Luxembourg Sunday, Aug. 23, where FedEx worked with Cargolux, which also donated its services, to transport the supplies into Beirut. The supplies arrived early Monday in Beirut with Direct Relief’s longtime partner in the region, Anera, for distribution to hospitals and clinics throughout the affected area. Read the article at Direct Relief.

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US ‘Direct Relief’ NGO Partnered With FedEx To Send Lebanon $11 Million In Aid

In Beirut, the supplies were received by the Anera, an NGO operating in Lebanon and other countries in the region, which will distribute them to select local clinics and hospitals. Read the article at The 961.

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ATFL Coordinates $13 Million in Medical Supplies to Lebanon, Arrived Today

A coalition of Lebanese Americans coordinated by the American Task Force on Lebanon has organized an airlift of badly needed medicines, supplies, and equipment from the American people to the Lebanese people in the aftermath of the explosions at the Beirut port. Read the press release at American Task Force on Lebanon.

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Anera responds in the Beirut blast aftermath

Coverage of how Anera has been helping to rebuild after this tragedy, including organizing youth volunteers and the arrival of an air shipment with 56 tons of medical donations. Read the article (English version; النسخة العربية) at LBCI and watch the video (Arabic with interviews in English; also viewable on Twitter).

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Dearborn-based foundation launches campaign to support relief efforts in Lebanon

A national Arab American foundation, based in Dearborn, is launching its second fundraising campaign to help support the ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosion earlier this month. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP)'s new campaign will support AFYA Foundation, Anera and Direct Relief under the coordinated efforts of the American Task Force on Lebanon, to urgently airlift medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment to Beirut. Read the article at Click On Detroit.

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ATFL Launches Humanitarian Effort to Airlift Medical Supplies to Lebanon in Cooperation with Partners from around the US and Lebanon

Within 24 hours of the Beirut blasts, ATFL started a special webpage Beirut Crisis Response, enlisting dozens of NGOs and community leaders to mobilize resources from around the country. American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), which has a large presence in Lebanon, agreed to work with the US Embassy in Beirut to offload the shipments, clear customs, and distribute the earmarked materials to various locations around the country. Read the press release at the American Task Force on Lebanon.

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Beirut Explosion Devastates Health System Already in Crisis

Primary health centers “were already overstretched,” said Dima Zayat, deputy country director in Lebanon for the Middle East-based NGO Anera. Zayat said that Anera had found at least 12 damaged primary health care centers, which the organization will focus on rehabilitating. Direct Relief has made a $50,000 grant to Anera, and is donating an initial $500,000 to response efforts. Read the statement at Direct Relief.

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Americares Responds to Explosion in Beirut

Americares is sending nearly 60 tons of medicine and supplies, valued at nearly $900,000, to hospitals and medical facilities in Lebanon where an explosion in Beirut’s port last week left 150 people dead and injured at least 5,000 others. The shipments are being sent to partner organization Anera, which supports over 450 health facilities and social service organizations throughout the country. Read the statement at Americares.


Arab and Muslim American groups express support for Lebanon after explosion

The devastation caused by the suspicious explosion that took place in Beirut, Lebanon’s industrial waterfront district on Tuesday August 4 has drawn sympathies and support from around the world to the victims. Read the article at The Arab Daily News.

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Deadly Lebanon Explosion Rocks Beirut, Aid Groups Respond

Direct Relief is coordinating with several Lebanon-based organization, including its long-term partner, Anera, and has committed an initial $500,000 to the response. Read the article at Direct Relief.


International Health Partners, International Medical Corps and Anera Work Together to Help People in Lebanon Access Needed Medicines During Covid-19

Three PQMD members have joined forces in a novel collaboration to help people in Lebanon access needed medicines during Covid-19. Read the article at PQMD.


With Demand 'Echoing Across the World,' UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan

Anera and nine other humanitarian, development, and religious organizations that serve Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza issued a joint statement on annexation. Read the article at Common Dreams.

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Job Creation Efforts in the Middle East Hit a New Snag: Covid-19

Denise Habash Hazboun, program manager for the Anera+RBK PLUS program, says that in addition to frequent power outages in Gaza, the program faces the challenge of “building community” among students who are now studying alone, in their homes. Read the article at Al-Fanar Media.

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World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts

The people of Syria have endured civil war for nine years and many have fled to neighboring countries. The United Methodist Committee on Relief supports Syrians and other refugees in the Middle East by partnering with organizations like the Anera. Read the article at UMCOR.

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Lebanon Humanitarian Fund supports health project for Palestine refugees

In 2019, the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF) supported Anera in providing medications for vulnerable Palestine refugees. Through the partnership, more than 13,000 of the most vulnerable people in Lebanon are receiving medicines for chronic diseases at no charge. Read the article at UN OCHA.


Rituals Rooted in Connection and Coffee

The Washington Post spoke to Anera's own Ouyoun Shabayta and six other women for their women and gender publication, The Lily, about the rituals that have helped keep them grounded and connected. Read the article at The Lily (Washington Post).


In Jerash refugee camp, lockdown means ‘living without eating’

"Palestinian refugees in Jordan’s Jerash camp were already suffering from severe poverty and public health challenges. Then COVID-19 hit. ... Many organizations are working to ensure that Palestinian refugees, especially those in Jerash, are taken care of during this crisis." The piece highlights Anera's delivery of vitamin D supplements for women in camp. Read the article at +972 Magazine.


Ramadan meal initiative helps Lebanese, refugees work for cash in coronavirus-ailed economy

“An NGO in Lebanon [Anera] is using its Ramadan meal donation campaign to provide livelihoods to vulnerable Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian youth.” Read the article at The New Arab.


Anera and Unicef launch nationwide e-learning program for vulnerable communities

“The positive aspect and importance of this project is that it is truly a chance for students and tutors to excel at utilizing the internet for educational purposes, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.” Read the article at AN-NAHAR.


COVID-19 Reaches Lebanon's Overcrowded Palestinian Refugee Camps

A woman in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon tested positive for the coronavirus this week. NPR's Alice Fordham spoke to Anera's area manager, Mahmoud Abdullah, about our efforts to help people in Wavel camp, where the case occurred. Listen at National Public Radio.


Supporting refugee communities during the pandemic [podcast]

Anera Lebanon Country Director Samar El Yassir and Basma El Husseiny (Action for Hope) join guest host Lyne Sneige to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Lebanon's refugee communities and the NGOs that work with them. Listen.


6 Organizations Empowering Women Around the World

"Anera knows that when they have access to financial and educational tools, women are more likely to reinvest that into their communities, which makes them stronger in turn while improving the lives of everyone within." Read more at Fembot.


The opening of the first women's training center in the northern Gaza Strip [Arabic]

The Cooperative Society for Savings and Loans opened in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday. The renovation of the women's vocational training center was funded by Anera through its women's empowerment project. The opening was attended by the regional director of Anera, Mr. Jack Byrne, feminist institutions operating in the northern Gaza Strip, a number of civil society activists and youth centers, and some of the notables and mayors of the north. Read more at Al Watan Voice or Sawa News Agency.


From Liverpool to Lebanon

Ann O'Byrne, a Liverpool Labour and Co-operative Councillor, returns to Beirut to build international solidarity between people living in the Beddawi camp and scousers (Liverpool natives) and to meet up with Anera, their main charity partner in Lebanon, and local organizations. Read more at Medium.