For 51 years, 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.
For 51 years, Anera's supporters have positively impacted the lives of Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians and other marginalized people in communities across Palestine and Lebanon. Through sustainable development and aid programs, the Anera community is helping hope find its way in the Middle East.
Palestinian Children Share Their Dreams
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: anera.org/myvision
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.
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.
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.
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.