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Serene Dardari / Anera / Lebanon

Lebanon has seen fewer than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 11, 2020. However, the closing down of local industries, businesses, restaurants and educational facilities has meant nonprofit organizations, such as Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid), had to step in. 

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Aya, 16-year-old from Syria and participant in the course.
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Hisham Mustapha / Anera

2020 was tumultuous for almost everyone. Anera put many development projects on hold temporarily to shift priorities towards providing life saving and urgent humanitarian aid.
In Lebanon, the pandemic forced our education team to pause program plans and make a U-turn, retailoring all activities to match the new realities and people’s needs on the ground. Psychosocial support as well as art and life skills could no longer be active components in our educational program. The focus instead switched to work-based education like vocational cash-for-work courses, which has remained our mode of operation for the duration of the pandemic. These classes address urgent community needs like food security (through cooking courses) and COVID-19 (through mask production sewing courses).



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