About Anera


Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Our 120 staff in the Middle East serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most.

Anera's Story


Anera's supporters have positively impacted the lives of Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians and other marginalized people in communities across Palestine and Lebanon since 1968 Through sustainable development and aid programs, the Anera community is helping hope find its way in the Middle East.

Anera in 2020: Responding to COVID and the Beirut Explosion


2020 brought unimaginable challenges to Palestine and Lebanon. Anera had to pivot its work not once, not twice, but three times. From “normal” political and economic challenges to revolution and economic collapse, then to COVID-19, and, most recently, to the terrible explosion that rocked Beirut.

Delivering Donated Medicines to Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan


Anera has a well established process for distributing millions of dollars worth of donated medicines and health care supplies that would not otherwise be available in vulnerable communities across Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan.

Palestinian Children Share Their Dreams


Very inspiring!

Building A Better Future in Palestine - What's your vision?


During a recent visit to Palestine, President & CEO Sean Carroll visited some fields laced by sanasil, stone wall terraces, in the West Bank. For millennia, these sanasil have protected the land they are built upon from erosion and farmer's crops and orchards from flooding or grazing wild animals.

While Anera hasn’t been in Palestine for as long as the sanasil, we are here to stay despite the challenges of recent U.S. government funding cuts. We promise not to lose sight of or give up on our mission to help hope find a way in the Middle East.

Please watch this 90-second video to learn how, with your vision and support, we continue everyday to build opportunities and better futures for refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan. Also visit:


Installation of a Reverse Osmosis Units at Healthcare Facilities in the Gaza Strip

With funding from Humanity First UK, Anera has installed reverse osmosis water purifying systems at two health clinics in Gaza.

Now Al-Huda Health Center and the Patient's Friends Benevolent Society have clean tap water available for the over 11,000 patients they serve each month.

New Greenhouses in Gaza Help Families Provide for Themselves

Anera has built greenhouses for 66 families across Rafah and Khan Younis in Gaza. Now families grow their own tomatoes, cucumber and eggplants. Though it is the beginning of the harvest season in Gaza, it’s already a promising start despite the COVID-19 restrictions in place. People are staying home, but they can still enjoy healthy meals. Three months ago, in the summer of 2020, Anera agronomists conducted five days of training on the safe use of pesticides, soil rejuvenation, and planting grafted seeds, all while taking physical distancing precautions.

Delivery of PPE to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza

In Gaza, Anera's medical donations team delivered COVID-19 emergency medicines and PPE to Shifa Hospital. These deliveries are vital with coronavirus cases rising in Gaza. Thank you Ray of Light Foundation for the funding that made this vital purchase possible.

Cold Chain Transportation of Medicine to Gaza, Palestine

Some of the vital medicines we deliver to health care providers serving vulnerable families in the Middle East require constant refrigeration. Anera's medical donations team uses temperature-controlled cold chain shipping to ensure that these medicines remain effective. Thank you to Direct Relief for donating the shipment of medicine featured in this video.

Delivering Sustainable Food Parcels for Ramadan in Gaza

With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera delivered food parcels to 3,552 families in Gaza. They contained a generous amount of food, including fresh produce grown in family greenhouses that Anera has supported.

The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official opinion of Islamic Relief USA, its Islamic Relief affiliates, or its donors.

What Does it Take to Assemble Food Parcels for Ramadan in Gaza?

What does it take to put together a sustainable food parcel in Gaza? Anera's Rania Elhelo explains the process — from the greenhouse, the warehouse and to Palestinian families' homes.

Anera's food parcels provide Palestinian families enough food for a month while providing income for Palestinian farmers who supply fresh produce.

Providing for Family While Reducing Flooding in Gaza

With funding from Islamic Relief USA, Anera hired 30 laborers to remove accumulated dirt and sand from 1,800 storm drains in Gaza City during heavy rains. The work mitigates flooding and benefits 400,000 residents.

The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official opinion of Islamic Relief USA, its Islamic Relief affiliates, or its donors.

Water for 20,000 Palestinians in Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza

Living close to a working water 💧 well is a lifeline in Gaza. Unfortunately, this was not the case for the residents of Jabalia refugee camp. The well was outdated and in very poor condition, making it difficult to pump water. Given the Gaza power crisis and the intermittent supply of electricity, residents needed a water well that could be pumped 24-7.

In 2019 Jabalia’s water situation improved when Anera carried out a major rehabilitation project, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, to improve the performance and capacity of Jabalia’s well. Now the well produces a higher and cleaner volume of water and serves over 20,000 residents.

The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official opinion of Islamic Relief USA, its Islamic Relief affiliates, or its donors.

Samira Grows All Of Her Own Ingredients in Gaza, Palestine

Can you identify what Palestinian dishes Samira is making? 🍲🍽️⁣⁣ Thank you 🙏🏽 to Anera donors for supporting Samira with a greenhouse in Gaza.⁣⁣

Fun Washing Hands in Gaza? Who Knew?

In Gaza, public health is deteriorating due to dire environmental conditions. Educational workshops help address threats to well-being by teaching people how to take care of their health and avoid waterborne diseases.

Our Global Handwashing Day event was one in a series of workshops in Jabalia that Anera, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, designed to engage mothers in particular in promoting behaviors that prevent disease.

Anera is also widely distributing literature about health issues to mothers in Jabalia to spread awareness about preventative measures related to parasites, hygiene and water purity.

The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official opinion of Islamic Relief USA, its Islamic Relief affiliates, or its donors.

Cheers! for Girls’ Soccer at Musaddar Sports Club in Gaza

In Musaddar, Gaza, these young women are kicking out their stress and building life skills with a soccer ball. 👧🏾⚽💪🏾 Learn more...

A Small Greenhouse Can Make A Huge Difference in Gaza

One of the ways Anera has responded to the serious humanitarian crises facing Gaza is by funding and engineering the construction of greenhouses for families to become self-sufficient.

Because of the protracted humanitarian crisis caused by three wars in over 10 years, there is significant damage to Gaza's irrigation systems and agricultural land. This combined with restrictions on imports of items such as fertilizer and seeds, has severely curtailed Gaza's agricultural capacity. Exacerbating this situation is the world’s highest employment rate at 44% with youth unemployment at a staggering 60%.

Thanks to our supporters, over 1,100 Palestinian families in Gaza have benefited from a small greenhouse - providing food security and income.

Ramadan Food Packages Help Palestinian Families in Gaza

Every year during Ramadan Anera delivers food packages to poor families throughout Gaza. The parcels include staples, like rice, oil, flour, sugar, pasta, beans, and Ramadan-specific foods like dates. Thanks to generous funding from Islamic Relief USA as well as our community of donors, Anera distributed 1,000 food packages to needy families during Ramadan this year in Al Shuka, Beit Hanoun, Zaytoun, Deir Al Balah, and Khan Younis.

Gaza Water Crisis: Connecting Palestinian Families to Clean Water

In Gaza, many people lack regular access to clean water. The Gaza water crisis makes cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and caring for livestock a huge challenge. With funding from individual donors and Islamic Relief USA, Anera is connecting thousands of families in Gaza to updated water networks. Feryal El Dada explains how a new water connection in the El Zarqa neighborhood has changed her family's life.

Mamdouh's Story: How the 10-Year Gaza Blockade has Devastated Fishermen

Israel and Egypt's blockade of Gaza has lasted for more than ten years and has deeply affected all areas of Gaza's economy, especially fishing. Meet Mamdouh and hear his story—from a happy past with two motorboats and all the fish in the sea, to a dismal present spent trying to make ends meet while still preserving his family's fishing tradition.

Palestinian Women Increase Incomes Through Gaza Cooperative

The Society of Rural Women Development, a women's cooperative in Gaza, makes Palestinian foods like maftoul, kaek and pastries. 160 women increased their income by 55%.

Gaza Strawberry Farmer

Meet Akram, a Palestinian farmer in Beit Lahia, Gaza. He and his five brothers make a living from their 3.7 acres of strawberry crops. Anera rehabilitated the road leading to his property and they can more easily get their product to market. They also have a lot of visitors to the farm, who enjoy sitting in the shade sipping strawberry smoothies.

West Bank

Palestinian Women Can Do Anything They Set Their Mind To


Meet Khyria, a baker 👩🏽‍🍳 from Qabalan, Palestine, locally famous for her giant bread loaves.🍞 Khyria is excited that Anera's Women Can program enables her to transform her lifelong love for baking into a viable small business that will support her family.

Anera's Women Can program is generously funded by Islamic Relief USA. The views expressed herein are those of Anera and shall not, in any way whatsoever, be construed to reflect the official opinion of Islamic Relief USA, its Islamic Relief affiliates, or its donors.

A New Preschool Built in Al Majd, West Bank


Anera's early childhood development program is leading the way in setting standards for preschool education. This brand new preschool in Al Majd, West Bank, includes colorful classrooms, safe play areas, toys and books, and much more.

Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture


The agricultural industry in Palestine is deeply hindered by water scarcity – an-ever growing problem. But now, farmers have a new way to water their crops. Anera's first-of-its-kind water reuse project in Jenin helps farmers irrigate their crops using treated wastewater. With funding from OPEC Fund for International Development and individual donors, Anera built reservoirs, pumps and pipelines to connect 70 farming families to the wastewater network.

Meet Tamer and Lana from Jenin, West Bank


Tamer, 14, and his sister Lana, 13, live in Jenin, West Bank. They both suffer from a rare disease called Gaucher that is life-threatening without treatment. For 10 years, Anera has provided Tamer and Lana with the treatment they need. They go to the clinic every couple weeks to get a medicine that helps them to live normal lives.

With the support of our dedicated community, Anera delivers this life-saving medicine for 14 children living with this disease in the West Bank and Gaza.

Meet Fadwa, a Woman Making a Difference in her West Bank Village


Fadwa is a preschool teacher in Al Tireh, Palestine. She is one of 600 women who graduated from Anera’s early childhood development teacher-training program.

Using Wastewater to Nourish West Bank Farms


Meet a Palestinian farmer who is irrigating his alfalfa and trees with a valuable resource, wastewater, that was being thrown away as crops died.

Palestinian Kids Describe their Preschool's Renovation


The Refugee Women Training Center and preschool in the city of Ramallah is one of only three preschool teacher training facilities in all of Palestine. It was in bad need of repair when Anera took on its renovation. Listen to the kids at the preschool explain the changes and recall all the workers – from carpenters to tailors – who helped make it into a vibrant learning center!

Learn more about Anera's early childhood development program.


Food and Hygiene Aid for Refugees and Vulnerable Families in Lebanon

Anera recently distributed food and hygiene aid to vulnerable families in Beirut, Lebanon that was generously donated by our friends Refugee Solidarity Group from Liverpool, UK. Thank you to everyone who donated to Refugee Solidarity Group’s campaign to make this happen!

Anera Students in Bekaa Help their Communities

Students in Anera’s UNICEF-funded vocational educational programs in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon are helping their local communities by cooking meals, making face masks and rehabilitating homes. Our students get the best of all worlds: they learn on the job, they earn income, and they help!

Repairing Damaged Homes After the Beirut Blast

Anera is working with partners like Muslim Aid, to repair damaged homes in Beirut, Lebanon.

On August 4, 2020 at around 6 PM local time, a pair of explosions rocked Beirut, Lebanon’s capital. In a city of 1.9 million, at least 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes. Initial reports estimate the cost of repairing damage to infrastructure in Beirut will likely be between $10 and $15 billion USD.

Delivering Hot Meals for Quarantined COVID-19 Patients in Lebanon

In Lebanon, Anera is delivering hot meals to COVID-19 patients quarantined in their homes. With the ongoing economic and political crises and the lack of social services, many families have become food insecure. The August 4 explosion at the port in Beirut made matters worse. These deliveries come at a critical time for families trying to recover from coronavirus in Lebanon. Program in partnership with UNICEF Lebanon.

Shipment of Emergency Medicines Arrives in Beirut

After the Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020, Anera worked with our partners Direct Relief, the American Task Force for LebanonFedEx and others to put together a 56-ton shipment of emergency medicines and health care supplies. Learn about the shipment’s journey from the US to the Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut.

Abdul Rahim is Working Full Time to Help Combat COVID-19 in Lebanon

Abdul Rahim is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. While still a child, he had to drop out of school to support his family. Recently, the teen enrolled in one of Anera's vocational education courses on sewing. Now he is employed full-time making face masks and helping Lebanon combat COVID-19.

Getting PPE to Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Anera is working to produce and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to vulnerable families in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps. As COVID-19 cases rise in Lebanon amid the deteriorating economic and political environment, donated PPE couldn't come at a more critical time.⁣

This hygiene promotion program is funded by UNICEF and implemented by Anera.⁣

Providing Hope to Families in Lebanon Amid the Country’s Humanitarian Crisis

Anera’s cash assistance program in Lebanon helps vulnerable Lebanese as well as Palestinian and Syrian refugee families keep their heads above water as Lebanon slides deeper into an economic, political and humanitarian crisis.⁣ ⁣

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Delivering Wheelchairs to Palestinian Refugee Families in Lebanon

Nawfal and Nihaya are two Palestinian refugees who live in Kharayib Village near Saida, Lebanon. Both have special physical needs that require the use of a wheelchair for mobility.

The couple runs a mini-market out of part of their house and sell basic foodstuffs for income. Due to COVID-19, they are now considered essential workers.

Anera recently delivered 300 wheelchairs to Palestinian refugees with special physical needs throughout Lebanon. Wheels to Heal generously donated the wheelchairs.

Making Clothing for Children to Celebrate Eid in Lebanon

Towards the end of the month of Ramadan this year, our amazing sewing vocational students at the Bhannine Social Skills Centre in Lebanon helped produce Eid clothing for children.

A Sustainable Response to COVID-19 in Lebanon's Palestinian Refugee Camps

Anera's staff in Lebanon are making their communities better during COVID-19 with sustainable solutions.

A Stairway in Ein El Hilweh Palestinian Refugee Camp

Anera construction and electrical maintenance graduates recently completed work on a staircase in Ein El Hilweh Palestinian camp in Saida, Lebanon. Anera paid them for this on-the-job training that put their skills to work right after the course finished.

Before the staircase was built, the path up the hill was steep, dangerous and difficult to climb, especially for small children and elderly residents of the camp. At the top of the hill is a clinic for Palestinian refugees with special physical needs. The construction graduates made sure a covered ramp was built for patients to access the facility. Other smaller maintenance duties were undertaken as well to improve the quality of the camp.

With the growing economic crisis and rising unemployment, Anera donors are supporting these students by employing them for their skills as part of the humanitarian crisis response.

Learn more about the economic crisis in Lebanon and how it is directly affecting youth.

Serving Up Hope for Vulnerable Families in Lebanon

Our cooking and hospitality vocational course students are preparing packaged meals. The meals are then delivered to vulnerable families amid the ongoing economic crisis throughout Lebanon.⁣

With the growing economic crisis and rising unemployment, Anera donors are supporting these students by employing them for their skills as part of the humanitarian crisis response.⁣

Learn more about the economic crisis in Lebanon and how it is directly affecting youth.

Getting Out of the Cycle of Poverty in Tripoli, Lebanon

Cash assistance has given poor and working families in Tripoli, Lebanon a chance to pull themselves out of a cycle of poverty and debt. See how it's making a difference.

In response to the economic hardships created by the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Anera and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have provided 250 vulnerable households (some 1,250 individuals) in Tripoli with nine monthly unconditional cash transfers ($174 USD) to address their basic human needs. The 250 households are divided equitably between those of Syrian and Lebanese origin.

Anera’s cash program is unique in that it provides assistance to vulnerable Lebanese host communities, to avoid exacerbating tensions between the two groups. Many of the communities in Lebanon where Syrian refugees have encamped are among the poorest and least prepared for the influx of new residents. Many Lebanese residents and refugees cannot afford to pay for utilities like running water and heat. Tensions are very high between the host community and refugees, and there is a desperate need for social cohesion efforts.

Promoting Environmentalism & Hygiene in Lebanon's Burj Shemali Refugee Camp

Meet Hatem, a 12-year-old Palestinian living in Burj Shemali camp in south Lebanon, while he gives you a tour of his school and shows you how Anera is working to promote environmentalism and hygiene in Lebanon by conducting a series of awareness sessions at UNRWA schools.

These sessions are held to change attitudes and behaviors around littering, pollution, recycling, sorting waste at source and composting. Anera has designed and rolled out a year-long plan, through which these core themes are communicated to young children in an interactive and fun way. The long term goal is to help shape the youth in Lebanon regarding the environment.

The Community Based Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Program is funded by UNICEF and implemented by Anera.

Sami's Story: Non-Formal Education for Refugee Youth in Lebanon

Many refugee teens in Lebanon, like 16-year-old Sami from Syria, find themselves unable to attend school in Lebanon because they have to work long hours to help provide for their families.

Drawing on years of experience with non-formal education, Anera kicked off its Quick Impact Skills Development project with UNICEF in November 2014, aimed at providing adolescent refugees with the transferable skills they need to become empowered, productive members of society.

Lebanon Emergency Winter Storm Relief in Arsal

Thanks to an immediate response to our urgent appeal from our donor community, Anera was able to provide much needed supplies to refugees in Lebanon. Anera delivered 500 food packages, 1,000 wool blankets, 6,000 liters of fuel and 500 portable emergency lamps to 500 families. Each family received two blankets, an emergency light, and a food parcel.

Anera delivered the emergency aid to Alkaram camp in Arsal, a remote area of the Bekaa Valley in the Baalbek-Hermel Governorate, 1,550 meters above sea level.

Collecting and Recycling Trash in Nahr El Bared

Ayman is a scavenger in the Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared in Lebanon. Twice a day he goes out and collects trash from people around his community and takes it to be recycled. His work not only keeps his neighborhood clean, but it provides him and his family a living and education for his children.

Delivering Insulin to Refugees in Lebanon

Ten-year-old Malek introduces us to his family, living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. His father, Ziad (Abu Malek), has diabetes. Malek worries about his father's health, accompanying him to the clinic to get insulin and following him wherever he goes. Abu Malek is able to enjoy time with his son and the rest of his family thanks to a generous community of donors who make it possible for Anera to provide life-saving insulin to hundreds of clinics in Palestinian camps.

15-year-old Syrian Refugee is Glad to be Back in Class

Nagham lives in a tent camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Her family used to live in a nice home in Syria, where they lived a happy life. Nagham's schooling was put on hold for years, until she found ANERA's UNICEF-funded basic education classes.

Promoting Good Hygiene in Burj El Burajneh Refugee Camp (Anera & UNICEF)

In the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon lies Burj El Barajneh; the most densely populated Palestinian refugee camp in the city and home to more than 17,000 registered refugees; all living within a mere 1 square kilometer area.

Overcrowding, poor economic conditions, and social and political marginalization have made the community in this camp vulnerable to poor sanitation practices and conditions.

In response to these challenges, Anera partnered with UNICEF to do outreach in Burj El Barajneh as part of the Community Based Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Project.

Syrian Refugees Receive School and Hygiene Kits

In Anera's non-formal education classes in Lebanon, Syrian refugees receive much needed school and hygiene kits, donated by UMCOR.


Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank are Finding Careers in Coding & Technology


We're so proud of our first class of Palestinian graduates from the anera+RBK program. Our graduates come from all over Palestine - from Gaza and the West Bank. Their hard work and dedication will take them far - with careers in coding and technology 💻.⁣ See how the anera+RBK program works 🎦⁣

Anera + RBK = Youth Employment in Palestine & Jordan


Anera and RBK have teamed up to provide high-demand tech and professional job skills training to Palestinian and Jordanian youth in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Jordan. With the increase of technology and IT jobs worldwide that can be done remotely, Palestinian and Jordanian youth are able to work for international technology companies while working from their home countries.

Anera and RBK are supplying the tools these young people need to achieve success within the growing worldwide tech industry.

Have questions about the program? Visit the Anera + RBK FAQs page for more information.