Press Kit

Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera has no political or religious affiliation. We work on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Our staff serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. That’s how Anera delivers millions of dollars in programs each year, and it’s how we will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.


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Serene Dardari

Regional Communications Manager

Serene’s stories and photos give voice to individuals who have been measurably changed through participation in basic education programs and job skills classes, youth sporting activities or volunteering to spread the word about the importance of recycling waste sorting. Originally from Syria, Serene is deeply affected by the terrible conditions refugees from the civil war confront in tented settlements throughout Lebanon. Serene has been working with refugee communities (Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian) for the past decade, both in Syria and in Lebanon, and particularly with women and girls. She is a TEDx speaker and a Women Deliver Young Leader. In 2019, she received the Exceptional Women of Excellence award from the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi.

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Hisham Maatouk

Lebanon Communications Coordinator

Hisham coordinates Anera's communications team in Lebanon and serves as the lead photographer and videographer. He documents Anera's program activities by creating high quality multimedia content and coordinates communications planning with Anera's partners. He worked as a video journalist and producer for more than five years in the United Arab Emirates with Al-Ghad TV, where he documented events in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon. Hisham has also worked with Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabic television stations.

Steve Fake

Steve Fake

Media Relations Officer

Steve is a communications, outreach and technology professional. For the last decade he has worked in editing and publishing, including coauthoring a book on foreign policy. He leads outreach to decision-makers on Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on humanitarian impact of Anera's work. Steve has years of experience working with nonprofit organizations to develop outreach campaigns and media strategies. He also has extensive experience in programming, web design and social media. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.


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