Get an inside look at Anera's work — in the past, we have hosted many of these webinars as exclusive benefits for different groups of donors: the Anera Leadership Circle, the Anera Visionaries, and the Anera Legacy Society. Join one of these groups of steadfast donors to receive access to live, exclusive updates on our programs and get a chance to ask questions of the participants.
Originally aired Tuesday, October 4th, 2022
Restoring Hope Amid Crisis: Responses to the Economic Collapse in Lebanon
Three staff from Anera’s Lebanon team and members of the National Council on US-Arab Relations host a conversation on the current state of affairs in Lebanon and how Anera is filling the gaps in social services.
This October marks the three-year anniversary of large-scale protests and political unrest in Lebanon. During this time, Lebanon has experienced an unprecedented economic collapse and hyperinflation, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Port of Beirut explosion. These compounding crises have left most refugee and host families unable to meet their basic needs. Poverty rates only continue to climb as the Lebanese lira rapidly devalues.
Amidst the collapse, Anera continues to deliver life-affirming relief and development programs in Lebanon. From connecting vocational education students with employment opportunities to distributing chronic and emergency medical supplies, Anera’s programs cover all aspects of life.
Originally aired Thursday, September 29th, 2022
The Widening Crackdown on Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and its Humanitarian and Political Implications
Recent weeks saw a major uptick in violence across the Occupied Palestinian Territories. What is behind the latest crackdown in the West Bank, and how does it relate to events in Gaza and Jerusalem? What impact is the escalating violence having on the lives of ordinary Palestinians in the occupied territories?
To shed light on these and other questions, Anera’s country director of Palestine, Sandra Rasheed, joined a group of panelists hosted by the Middle East Institute to explore the causes and consequences of the escalating violence as well as offer potential remedies.
Originally aired Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Investing in Palestine's Future: Using Development Impact Bonds to Scale Early Childhood Development
Learn how Anera is scaling up our flagship early childhood development program in Palestine with new funding opportunities using development impact bonds.
In this webinar, we discuss exciting new opportunities to secure the future of Anera’s early childhood development programs in Palestine. Sulieman Mleahat, Anera’s education program manager in Palestine, is joined by Sean Carroll, Anera’s president and CEO, and strategy and finance professional, Brad Merchant, to discuss the unique benefits development impact bonds present for the future of Anera’s educational programing. Anera’s educational programs in Palestine have included constructing new schools to meet growing demand and renovating existing preschools in need of repairs. And Sulieman was directly involved in creating Palestine’s first national curriculum for preschools. As we look toward the future, we recognize that educational needs will continue to grow throughout the region. We hope to continue to scale our impact over the next five years to provide a vital resource to children, parents and communities throughout Palestine.
To join our exclusive webinars like this one as they happen to ask questions live and get an inside look at the development programs you support, consider joining our Leadership Circle!
Originally aired Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Gaza: 15 Years Under Siege
The blockade on Gaza is entering its 15th year. In that time, the Gaza Strip has been subjected to increasing restrictions on movement of people and goods, worsening economic conditions and four destructive bombardments. With a median age of 18, this is the only Gaza that half of the population has experienced.
When conversations about life in Gaza come up, they’re often filled with statistics. 97% of water is unfit for human consumption. Over 50% of the population is unemployed. Food insecurity impacts nearly 2/3rds of the population. While these numbers are important, they often detach the effects of the siege from the lived realities of families in Gaza. In order to understand what 15 years under blockade means, the human element needs to be the main focus.
In this webinar Anera’s communications manager in Palestine, Rania Elhilou, is joined by experts Jehad Abusalim, Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei and Reem Abu Jaber to discuss what it means to live under siege on both the personal and community level. Moderated by Anera President & CEO Sean Carroll.
Originally aired Thursday, November 11th, 2021
The Pandemic's Toll on Women in Lebanon and Palestine
Nariman Othman, who coordinates Anera’s Women Can program in Palestine, and Serene Dardari, Anera Communications Manager in Lebanon provide an inside perspective on how Anera’s women’s empowerment programs are making a difference. While both Nariman and Serene will speak to the challenges the pandemic has caused across the region, Nariman elaborates on how occupation has added another layer of complication in Palestine and Serene explains the gender-based struggles Lebanon’s economic collapse has caused.
Although there will be many similarities between stories from each country, you will also learn about how your support allows Anera’s staff on the ground to be flexible and responsive in each unique context, providing educational, economic and psychosocial support and opportunities towards positive outcomes for women most in need.
Originally aired Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
Anera Lebanon Emergency Update
Lebanon is in a deep crisis. Daily life has been completely upended for everyone living there, a result of continual economic degradation over the last two years. Anera’s work has become increasingly critical to ensure daily survival for the communities most affected by this crisis.
Dima Zayat and Lina Atat join us to share more about their work and experience on the ground in Lebanon.
Originally aired Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Anera's Palestine Emergency Response Efforts - Part 2
A continuation of our update on Anera's response efforts in the wake of the May conflict. This week we are focusing the discussion on our agricultural and water, sanitation and hygiene program work.
Originally aired Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Anera's Palestine Emergency Response Efforts
In May, Palestine experienced its fourth bombardment in the last 13 years. Even though a ceasefire was declared a little over a month ago, it is still fragile. We are all anxiously holding our breath and responding to the immediate needs on the ground.
Five members of our Anera Palestine team share updates on Anera's work to help rebuild Gaza after this latest assault and address the growing need in the West Bank as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. We are joined by Muhammad Atieh, Mostafa Al-Ghosain, Abeer Aqeel, Lana Al-Qedwa and Ahmad Najjar to talk about Anera’s immediate emergency response in Palestine.
Originally aired Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Anera’s PLUS+Code Tech Career Accelerator Program in Palestine
Anera’s career accelerator program: PLUS+Code (People Leveling Up Skills with Coding) in Palestine program gives young people the technical and durable skills they need to begin and accelerate successful careers. Our PLUS+Code initiative produces professional software engineers, giving PLUS learners the market-ready, adaptable coding skills and essential durable, non-technical skills demanded by the industry. Graduates are placed into well-paying tech industry jobs.
We're joined by PLUS program staff, graduates and employers of these graduates.
Originally aired Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Rebuilding Beirut: 6 Months Later
Six months since the devastating explosion in Beirut, Anera continues to work on response, rebuilding and recovery, amid the ongoing COVID and economic and political crises. Sean Carroll, Anera's president and CEO, is joined by Dima Zayat, Anera Lebanon’s deputy country director, and Christine Zahm, Anera’s youth program manager. They share firsthand accounts of living in Beirut through a pandemic, ongoing political instability and economic collapse — and how Anera is helping to rebuild and strengthen communities.
Originally aired December 17, 2020
Empowering Women in Gaza
Join fellow Visionary donors and Anera program staff in Gaza to learn about the ways Anera is working, despite the pandemic, to improve the economic situation of women in Gaza. Our local partner, the Cooperative Society for Savings and Lending, located in Beit Hanoun, focuses on women’s economic and social empowerment through skills-building activities and the formation of women’s cooperatives throughout Gaza.
In this webinar we will tour CSSL, meet the center’s director and some program participants, and talk with Anera program staff, Abeer Aqeel and Rania Elhilou, about Anera’s women’s empowerment programs in Gaza.
Originally aired Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Remembering the Forgotten: How Lebanon's Refugee and Other Vulnerable Communities are Coping in Increasingly Dire Circumstances
2020 has been a cascade of ever more severe crises in Lebanon — economic collapse, political paralysis, the refugee situation, COVID-19, and now the Beirut blast. Join our panel of voices from Lebanon to hear first-hand accounts about the deepening economic crisis, the aftermath of the explosion, and how vulnerable communities, particularly Palestinian and Syrian refugees, are coping and attempting to build a better future for themselves.