Donation Options

Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza



The student parliament at a middle school in Gaza voted for the one thing they wanted most for their school: They chose clean water. The water in Gaza is polluted with sea water and chemicals. Poor families are faced with the "choice" of purchasing commercial water or risking the health and well being of their children. This project started in response to the children's request. We build and maintain water purification units in schools and kindergartens throughout Gaza.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Recent UN & Amnesty International reports show that only 5% of the water in Gaza is suitable for human consumption. Military attacks, extreme poverty, high population density, and the Israeli blockade of materials, fuel and equipment has left Gaza's water supply inadequate and unhealthy. Tap water exposes children to many risks: parasitic infections, kidney disease, anemia and more. 40% of incidence of disease in Gaza is related to polluted drinking water according to Palestinian Water Authority

How will this project solve this problem?

The Maia Project provides safe, clean drinking water to thousands of children by installing and maintaining water purification and desalination units in Gaza schools and community kindergartens. Since 2007, MECA has constructed 42 units with 10 more underway, to safeguard a most basic human right for tens of thousands of children--access to clean, safe drinking water. These units are constructed with local labor and materials, as available.

Potential Long Term Impact

The building and maintaining of these water purification and desalination units in schools and community kindergarten dramatically reduces the risk and incidence of a wide range of health and developmental disorders. As a new generation of children in Gaza approach adulthood, the water crisis may be one of the greatest threats to their survival. The units can also provide water to vulnerable children seeking shelter at schools during future Israeli military attacks, as was the case in 2012.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $12,693
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $26,307
Total Funding Goal: $39,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 15351 to 80088 to donate $10 to Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?


Project Leader

Mona El-Farra

Director of Gaza Projects
Berkeley, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.