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.
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.