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ANERA: Anera’s Vocational Students Are Making A Difference

Liz Demarest, Anera, Lebanon
Anera's construction and electrical course grads in Lebanon

Anera’s on-the-job training students are making a positive difference in their communities throughout Lebanon.

On-the-job training is an essential part of Anera’s vocational education program in Lebanon. With the growing economic crisis and rising unemployment, Anera donors are also supporting these students by employing them for their skills as part of the humanitarian crisis response.
• Anera construction and electrical maintenance course graduates recently completed work on a staircase in Burj El Barajneh Palestinian camp in Beirut. Anera paid them for this on-the-job training that put their skills to work right after the course finished.
• Our cooking and hospitality vocational course students prepare packaged meals for vulnerable families amid the ongoing protests throughout Lebanon.
• Sewing course students made blankets, clothing and towels for refugee families living in Palestinian and Syrian camps. These items are also provided to disadvantaged Lebanese families. With the economy in crisis, many families cannot afford basic necessities.
• Students from Anera’s vocational training courses in plumbing installed a network of pipes to collect sewage and run-off in Rihanye camp for Syrian refugees. The infrastructure improves the camp’s sanitation and reduces flooding.

From improving refugee camp infrastructure to responding to the growing humanitarian crisis, these students have shown that they have the skills, knowledge and work ethic to build a better Lebanon.

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