Thanks to your support, MECA's Maia Project is now providing clean water to more than 50,000 children in Gaza every single day. This fall, we installed 14 new water purification and desalination units in schools and kindergartens bringing the total number of purification units to 52. You can check our website for a full list of locations and beneficiaries.
We're also excited to announce the addition of Safaa El-Derawi to our team in Gaza. Safaa is a water engineer born and raised in the Gaza Strip. She will be making regular visits to all of the schools and kindergartens where we have installed water units to test the water, overseeing any repairs and maintenace necessary, leading workshops about the water crisis in Gaza, and explaining to staff and students the dangers of unpurified water to their health.
The children and their families join MECA in thanking you for supporting this important project!
"There was no drinking water in the school. But now the water is available all the time, and I bring with me a bottle to take clean water with me after leaving school." - Ahmed, Deir Al-Balah Boys Preparatory School
"We thank MECA for providing healthy water for the kids. Previously we used to buy drinking water and often it was salty and we didn’t trust its quality. But now we are certain that our kids are drinking clean and safe water. Sometimes students come from neighboring school to drink from MECA unit." - Headmaster, Rafah Children's Kindergarten
"In the past, the taste of water was unacceptable and there was a chlorine taste, sometimes we were forced to drink it because there is no alternative, but now the water we drink from the desalination plant is tasty and clean. Thank you very much." - Alaa, Rafah Girls Preparatory School
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Director of Gaza Projects