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PHOTO MICHAEL KEATING

PHOTO MICHAEL KEATING

tion’s headquarters in Washingease the suffering of Palestinian ton, DC. refugees following the 1967 The annual prize, a joint effort Arab-Israeli War. In fiscal year with Nonviolence International, 2009, it delivered $48.5 million recognized McCarthy’s 30 years for programs in the Middle East. as a teacher and promoter of ANERA honored Qatar and peace studies. The prize, which Kuwait for their generous contricarries a monetary award of butions and support for its Milk $15,000, is awarded annually by for Preschoolers program that the El-Hibri Charitable Foundaprovides fortified milk and bistion to an individual or organizacuits to some 20,000 preschoolers tion that has made a significant every day of the school term. For contribution to the field of peace two years in a row Qatar has coneducation. tributed $1 million, and Kuwait Widely known for his Washadded $1 million this year to help sustain the program. Kuwait’s (L-r) U.S. Ambassador and ANERA board vice chair Skip Gnehm, ington Post columns from 1969 Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and Ambassador Ali Bin Fahad Al-Hajri of Qatar, Curtis Brand, until 1997, McCarthy was honored for teaching nonviolent conAmbassador Ali Bin Fahad Al- ANERA board chair, and Bill Corcoran, ANERA president. flict resolution and developing Hajri of Qatar accepted handpeace studies curricula at a varipainted gifts of calligraphy by ety of Washington-area high artist Nawaf Soliman which read schools, universities, law schools “Generosity. Giving. On behalf of and student leadership programs. the children of Gaza, ANERA exIn addition, he has written nutends our gratitude for your genmerous books on peace educaerous support...” tion. In 1985 McCarthy and his In presenting the awards to the wife, Mavourneen, founded the two ambassadors, ANERA Board Center for Teaching Peace, a nonVice Chair Ambassador Skip profit organization that assists Gnehm pointed to their counschools at all levels to begin or tries’ concern for Gaza’s most expand programs in peace studvulnerable children. “It is a testaies and nonviolent conflict resoment to their trust in ANERA and their commitment to invest- ANERA president Bill Corcoran thanks Sabah Al-Moghrabi, who lution. At McCarthy’s request, ing in Gaza’s children, who de- has managed the organization’s Gaza office since it opened in 1985. the $15,000 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize was donated to the serve a better future,” said Amextend the growing seasons and produce Center for Teaching Peace. bassador Gnehm. Among those who paid tribute to McANERA staff remembered Dr. Peter Gub- more food. In the West Bank, ANERA is ser, who as president of ANERA committed helping farming families connect to irriga- Carthy at the award ceremony was U.S. Rep. 29 years of his career to improving the lives tion systems and creating agriculture coop- James P. Moran (D-VA), who praised him as of Palestinians. Peter Gubser died Sept. 2, eratives to provide employment opportuni- a courageous and inspirational voice for after battling cancer (see “In Memoriam” on ties and markets for farmers to sell produce. peace and compassion, singling out his efThis year’s event broke all previous forts to call attention to the victims of viop. 74). ANERA, which has been working in Gaza for 25 years, also lauded the American records for table sponsorships, attendance lence ranging from war refugees to misfirm Firedoll for supporting agricultural pro- and dollars raised. Some 460 guests enjoyed treated animals. “For over nearly 30 years, I jects aimed at making Gazan families more the evening and raised $300,000 to help read his columns in The Washington Post,” fund this year’s agricultural and water pro- Moran said, “constantly pushing for the self-sufficient. Naser Qadous, ANERA’s chief agronomist jects. —Delinda C. Hanley in the West Bank, was interviewed on stage by National Public Radio journalist Deborah Amos, who asked him about the chal- Colman McCarthy lenges facing West Bank and Gaza farmers. Receives 2010 He spoke of the challenges farmers face be- El-Hibri Peace cause of water scarcity, limitations on ex- Education Award port of produce, and other issues. Surrounded by more ANERA’s current president, Bill Corcoran, than 100 friends and adreminded donors that ANERA touches the mirers, journalist and edlives of many in need in the region. Israel’s ucator Colman McCarthy 2006 war on Lebanon destroyed much of was awarded the 2010 Elthe agricultural land there, he noted. This Hibri Peace Education year ANERA planted more than 6,000 trees Prize at an event held in Upper Baalbeck and Hasbaya. ANERA Sept. 25, 2010 at the El- (L-r) Fuad El-Hibri, Dr. Mubarak Awad, honoree Colman also has built greenhouses in Gaza that will Hibri Charitable Founda- McCarthy and Nancy El-Hibri. DECEMBER 2010

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