American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

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American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

ANERA is a leading provider of development, health, education, and employment programs for Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. Incorporated in 1968 to help ease the suffering of Palestinian refugees after the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, ANERA is non-political and non-religious and is one of the largest American non-profits to have worked solely in the Middle East for more than 40 years. With offices in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Jordan, ANERA employs more than 60 full-time staff who are locally hired and work with local partners.

ANERA helps local institutions become more self-sufficient and effective in serving their communities. Every project is planned in consultation with the communities that ultimately benefit — an approach that ensures relevancy and commitment, and secures the long-term viability of the projects. ANERA has used support from the Caipirinha Foundation for emergency relief aid and medical supplies for the people of Gaza.

In March 2009, ANERA also organized a series of benefit concerts, LIVE FROM PALESTINE, with the Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music-Palestine. The proceeds will support the Conservatory's efforts to re-establish the fledgling music school destroyed in the recent shelling of Gaza, as well as their project to establish a music school for their Bethlehem branch that will accommodate 250 students. Caipirinha Foundation is proud to be one of their sponsors.

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