Winter in Gaza is brutal, especially in poor rural communities where many children lack proper footwear. Five-year-old Ali Shaquora walked 30 minutes to school each day—wearing an old pair of sandals. ANERA delivered TOMS shoes to his school in Gaza, and now Ali and his classmates have new, durable faux-fur lined boots to protect their feet.
This is the fourth distribution of TOMS Shoes that ANERA has delivered to Gaza. Since 2013, ANERA has also distributed TOMS shoes and boots in Lebanon refugee camps.
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.