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.
ANERA first started its work in early 1968, soon after the West Bank was occupied by Israel and thereby detached from Jordan. After several years of focusing on the relief needs of refugees from the 1967 war, ANERA began in the mid-1970s to focus on job creation and sustainable development projects for all needy West Bank communities.
Today, through excellent local partnerships and the hard work of full-time, local-hired staff members, ANERA continues to build schools and hospitals, improve the well-being of children, deliver health care supplies, and much more.
ANERA's Gaza office opened in 1985 with just three staff members. Projects were focused mainly on agriculture, a major source of livelihood in the region.
Today, ANERA's staff in Gaza has expanded to include engineers, pharmacists, nutritionists and development professionals. Despite massive destruction and the ongoing siege, ANERA has been able to implement projects that create jobs and bring some relief to suffering families from Beit Lahia to Rafah.