When Principal Reem El-Bohesy opened the new pink door of her Gaza preschool to welcome her 67 students, she noticed that they were unusually excited. “I wasn’t sure what was happening. I asked myself, is this because of the new pink door or do my wonderful children have a surprise waiting for me?” For Reem, little jokes provide a small break from the toughness of life in Gaza. “I love children. When I see them in the morning my spirits are lifted. I wish I could stay with them for the rest of my life,” she added.
“Children represent life, love and innocence,” she said.
In 2002, Manale Hamid Abdel Al Aal, joined a women’s program in Nahr El Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. Like other women in the camp, she wanted to take sewing classes to earn some income and help support her family.
Right from the start it was clear that Manale had a great talent for designing sophisticated clothing and for teaching. Her newly uncovered talents quickly opened up opportunities for her to teach at Nahr El Bared’s Women’s Program Center. “As women, sewing is the best thing to learn, if we want to support our families and make a living,” says Manale.
ANERA is proud to announce its partnership with the UN's Children Agency UNICEF to implement a one-year emergency development program for refugee youth affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon.
The $1.5 million program, funded by Germany, entitled "Quick Impact Skills Development for Adolescents Affected by the Syrian Crisis," is part of UNICEF's humanitarian assistance for Lebanon as the country copes with the influx of refugees from the Syrian civil war.
Siham Jundiya and her mother-in-law hang up children’s clothes on a rope they tied between two trees in front of their family’s tent, which they set up a few miles from their destroyed house in Gaza. The family has been living in the makeshift shelter since they left their shelter at a UN school this past summer. They could not affaord to fix up or rent a safer place for the family. “This is what we were able to salvage from the rubble of our house, explains Syham. Pointing to the clothes on the line, she adds, “They never really dry.”
Washington, DC - ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) honored Reach Out to Asia at its Annual Dinner for ROTA's generous support and partnership in youth programs and vocational training in Lebanon..
The 2014 bombing destroyed many homes and farmland in Gaza. But it also damaged or destroyed several preschools and other education facilities. For some, it was not the first time.
In the 2009 bombings, the staff at the Tufulah Hadeetha preschool in Zaytoon area of Gaza City had to leave the area and rent another building in order to welcome back their students after the bombings stopped. The building had been damaged almost beyond repair.
$7,000,000: total so far of what ANERA has spent on relief and development programming in Gaza since the beginning of the war.
Identified a vendor for the clothing and shoe vouchers for women and children from the Shejaeya and Zaytoon neighborhoods. The distribution is planned for the week after Eid, mid-October.
For two years, 65-year-old Ata Zidat has been a regular visitor to a charitable clinic in his town of Bani Na’im, in the southern West Bank. Zidat is a father of 11 now grown up children and the grandfather of 22 kids. He suffers from chronic ulcers.
Like many people in his village, he is unemployed and lives in poverty. “Before coming here to consult with the doctor, I used to buy the medication from a private drug store and it cost me $6.50, which is a heavy burden for a chronic ulcer patient like me,” he explained.
by ANERA President Bill Corcoran
With the buzz of drones overhead I was processed through Erez Crossing into Gaza. My baggage comprised two backpacks full of gifts from HQ staff for Gaza co-workers and water bottles for me. On the other side, the Hamas terminal had been obliterated by bombing, along with the luggage scanners and banks of computers for data processing. It was all replaced by a small trailer and some note takers with pad and pen. No bags were checked.
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ANERA’s Gaza office is made up of seasoned education, health and development professionals. For 51 days in July and August, they – like everyone else in Gaza – feared for their lives as bombs rained down on their tiny strip of land. No one felt safe. And yet, despite the bombs and the fear, ANERA’s staff set aside their professional duties and responded to the crisis in whatever way they could be most useful. They took on a variety of emergency relief roles because they wanted to help the neediest in the devastated communities around them.
Distributed food parcels to 500 displaced families. With funds from individual donors, ANERA has provided a total of 2,111 families with food parcels.
Five tanker trucks delivered 5,571,000 liters of drinkable water to 50 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the middle area, Zahra, Gaza City and Zaytoon.
A mother’s first thought when forced to flee her home is for the safety of her children. The last person she thinks about is herself. “We left when everybody else left the city in Khan Younis,” says Awatef Abu Daqa. “We escaped with fear and nothing else.” Most of the women say they end up with nothing but the clothes they were wearing when they fled.
With the help of five local partners, ANERA distributed 1,500 dignity kits to displaced women all around Gaza.
In the past 24 hours ANERA brought three trucks into Gaza and distributed 13,440 bottles of water, 1,065 hygiene kits, and 720 containers of liquid soap (USAID-funded) to families in two UN shelters. ANERA staff members coordinate and accompany these shipments on a daily basis to ensure they safely get to where they are most needed.
When a short-term ceasefire was announced, children, women and men went into the streets with their empty bottles, jugs and jerry cans looking for places to fill them with water to drink. Bombing damage to infrastructure has created water shortages everywhere.
Thanks to a dedicated and generous community of donors, ANERA’s Gaza staff is able to respond quickly to the crisis that the intensive bombings are causing in their communities.
By Rania Elhilou
Today was the first day I was able to leave my home and get back to work after nearly one month sheltering with my family inside my Gaza City apartment. I hardly recognized my city. Everywhere there are piles of rubble where buildings used to be, people searching for a safe place to shelter.
Hundreds of men, women and children are squeezed into Gaza’s Orthodox Church where they sought refuge from the bombings. They fled their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing as the bombs rained down on their neighborhoods.
ANERA is currently purchasing supplies for dignity kits to be distributed to 700 women displaced from their homes.
Lebanon hospitals identified the first case of the deadly Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in May and the topic of controlling the spread of infections in hospitals has become a priority. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) Hamshari Hospital is not taking any chances.
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