The Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza City was one of the areas worst affected by the war on Gaza in 2014. The few preschools that existed in Shejaiya prior to the war were all destroyed.
Children in Gaza need safe places to learn and play, so ANERA decided to embark on the establishment of a new preschool. With support from our donors and Islamic Relief USA, ANERA built five classrooms, a modern playground and water fountains. The school will serve as a center of learning for some 100 children this year, and all of their teachers will be trained and mentored through ANERA's early childhood development program.
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.