November 29, 2010 l Beirut, Lebanon - ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce a partnership with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA).
Teachers and students alike were delighted to enter their brand new school this term in Al-Libban Al Gharbi village. The three-storey building has 11 classrooms, a science and computer lab, an arts and crafts room and a playground to accommodate up to 300 students.
ANERA built Al Libban Al-Gharbi Boys' School in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and with USAID funding through the Emergency Water and Sanitation and Other Infrastructure (EWAS II) Program. The $1 million project provided some 6,200 days of work. Twenty workers were onsite every day.
Zakher Preschool has been receiving fortified milk and biscuits for the past four years as a participant of ANERA's Milk for Preschoolers program. The preschool, located in Gaza's Al-Shejaeya neighborhood, opened its doors this year to 95 children. Not only does the preschool offer general classes, it uses the fortified biscuits and milk to help teach the youngsters about hygiene and healthy habits.
The preschool often uses plays, songs, stories and cooking classes to convey essential messages and lessons to the children.
During an exceptionally hot summer in Halhoul, Etaf Milhem worried constantly about the availability of water in her house and her planted fields. The town of Halhoul, with 28,000 residents, is located north of Hebron in the West Bank.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 l Beit Ijza, West Bank - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and other dignitaries celebrated the completion of the newly built Beit Ijza Basic Coeducational School. The event was attended by His Excellency Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Minister of Education and Higher Education Lamis Al-Alami, U.S. Consul General Daniel Rubinstein, USAID's new Mission Director Michael T.
A key building block to ANERA's new Early Childhood Education Program in the West Bank is capacity. As part of the initial pilot program, ANERA's team developed and facilitated an intensive training course in August for 20 preschool teachers and managers from four designated model pre-schools in the Bethlehem and Nablus regions of the West Bank.
All across Gaza, children dressed in their freshly laundered uniforms entered school for the new term.
At Baraem Al-Amal wa Al-Mahaba preschool, the blackboard in every classroom boasted huge welcome signs in both Arabic and English. The preschool, which is located in Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, was one of several ANERA renovated during the summer months.
Headmistress Salwa Abu Ayesh has been working the preschool for 12 years.
Ein El Helweh is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon but is squeezed into an area of roughly 1.5 square kilometers. Living conditions for more than 70,000 refugees living there are unhealthy and often dangerous.
Human Call Hospital sits near the end of one of the crowded streets that run through the camp in Saida, Lebanon. Hospital Director Dr.
Ahmed was a patient of the Rashidieh Health Centre located in South Lebanon suffering from a case of acute tonsillitis. "His throat had completely swollen shut and the infection was spreading in his body. No tablets could pass through his throat and his airway was in danger of being obstructed. The Ceftriaxone injections allowed for treatment that would have otherwise been unavailable," described UNRWA medical practitioner, Dr.
With Donated Medical Supplies From ANERA
On a quiet day in the village of Wadi Al-Salqa in Gaza, the scent of fresh bread baking in mud stoves can be smelled all the way to the Palestinian Wounded Child Clinic. There Mohammad Abu Mghasieb, or Abu Hosam as he is known in the village, has his home and clinic, which he opens to patients in the village and the surrounding areas 24 hours a day.
"The clinic was founded under very tough conditions. The village was closed from three sides.
Planting more than 6,000 trees throughout war-torn South Lebanon will help farmers who are still struggling to recover from destruction of their land. Almonds, plums, cherries, peaches, pomegranates, apple, pear and olive trees will be planted, bringing a crucial income back to families in need.
June 18, 2010 | Washington, DC - American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) is pleased to announce $250,000 in new funding for Gaza development projects. The money, raised by ANERA from private donors, will be used to expand existing ANERA programs dealing with health, sanitation and food security.
ANERA has allocated $100,000 to enhance its program to extend water and sewage systems in remote areas not yet linked to the main systems in Khan Younis, Beit Hanoon and Jabalia.
Four-year-old Ahmad and two-year-old Qusai, holding tight to their mother's hands, walk into the Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital, the only major hospital serving Bani-Na'im and the surrounding villages to the east of Hebron. The Hmeidat brothers are being treated for upper respiratory problems.
Dr. Issa Qdimat has been monitoring their recovery. "This transitional period from winter to spring is one of the main causes of cold, influenza, and infections. Ahmad had tonsillitis and was in pain when his mother first brought him to the hospital.
ANERA's Chicken Project has been a resounding success since its start in 2009. It has expanded to more than 550 families in impoverished communities across Gaza. Now some families have developed new strategies to benefit from their chicken and egg production.
Ashraf Abu Nahiya recently lost his job. "I used to work in the Palestinian mills. But I got an infection in my left eye and was forced to stay home.
April 14, 2010 | Jericho City, West Bank - The Palestinian Ministry of Health and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a $2.5 million project to rehabilitate the Jericho Government Hospital. ANERA will implement the project, in cooperation with the PA Ministry of Health. Renovations should be completed by March, 2011.
USAID Deputy Mission Director Ms. Sherry Carlin joined Minister of Health Dr. Fathi Abu Mughli and PLO Chief Negotiator Dr. Sa'eb Erekat for the ground-breaking ceremony.
Five-year-old Sabreen from Dura, a district 11 km southwest of Hebron, came into Dr. Anwar's clinic in pain with an ear infection and a fever. However after a course of treatment with the recently donated children's antibiotic, Omnicef, she came out healthier, happier, with a sticker from the doctor's office on her hand.
"Sabreen had a middle ear infection in her left ear and an unhealed cut in her right ear. There was discharge coming out of her infected ear, which started disappearing the day after she took the medicine.
Clean Water for Khan-Younis Neighborhood
For Gazans, as for families around the world, access to drinking water is a basic human right. Connections to potable water in
Khan Younis have been a long-awaited and welcomed arrival!
ANERA's engineering team is repairing the dilapidated "Western Line" water system and installing new pipelines. Six projects have been completed in 15 days, connecting 45 families to clean water lines. Each project costs $10,000 to complete and was funded by private donations.
"Our life was difficult before," says Om Rami.
March 5, 2010 | Washington, DC - ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce a donation of $1 million from the government of Kuwait to fund ANERA's work with children in Gaza.
With this donation, ANERA will expand its Milk for Preschoolers program, which has been delivering vitamin-fortified milk and biscuits to approximately 20,000 preschool children across Gaza since 2003 (read more).
Because of the blockade on Gaza for more than 2 years, only the barest necessities for survival are allowed through the Israeli border. Families in Gaza once relied on daily deliveries of more than 600 trucks filled with food, medical supplies and everyday goods. Currently, an average of 150 trucks per day are allowed to enter. As a result families in Gaza have come to depend on a system of underground tunnels to bring in food and goods.
Now, there is news that the tunnels will be blocked, flooded, and collapsed.
The Public Aid Society in Gaza handles about 70 surgeries a month. That means an ever-increasing need for proper-sized, quality sutures. But that essential element was lacking until ANERA's delivery of an AmeriCares shipment of sutures. The new supply has changed the life of the clinic's patients, especially women.
With this donation, doctors are now able to use the appropriate sutures for the appropriate tissues. "Sutures vary between natural and artificial," explained Dr.