Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza

by Middle East Children's Alliance
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Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Maia Project: Clean Water for Children in Gaza
Filling up a water jug to take clean water home
Filling up a water jug to take clean water home

We are excited to announce the completion of a new water purification unit in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. This unit is located in Shams Al-Ibdaa kindergarten with 150 children attending daily. In addition to the children benefiting from the unit, we provided the families in the neighborhood with a water jug so they can easily come and fill up safe, clean water to drink at home for free.

The unit is powered by solar panels which also provide electricity for the kindergarten. In Gaza, most areas only receive electricity 6-8 hours per day due to the ongoing Israeli occupation and blockade.

Thanks so much for your support of the Maia Project and bringing safe, clean water to Palestinian children in Gaza!

40 families received water jugs
40 families received water jugs
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Painting during educational workshop on water
Painting during educational workshop on water

We've had a very busy few months for the Maia Project. We completed repairs and maintenance on all the units and also organized water education workshops and volunteer painting days about water rights in several schools so children understand more about the water crisis and why these water purification units installed by the Maia Project are so critical to their health.

We are also working on installing 5 new water pufiication units in 4 large schools and one kindergarten in Gaza. 

Altogher, more than 115,000 children have access to safe, clean water each and every day thanks to your support!

Ghada, Maia Project coordinator, during site visit
Ghada, Maia Project coordinator, during site visit
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Clean, safe water reaches hundreds more children
Clean, safe water reaches hundreds more children

After many months of delays due to a lack of parts in Gaza, we have just completed a new water purification and desalination unit in Al-Fukhari village! The local community requested a unit because they live in a remote area and it's difficult for them to access safe, clean drinking water. They donated the space for the water purifcation unit which is centrally located near many homes. A second new unit is under contstruction in Khuza'a village where we have just built a new community playground and sports field. This unit will provide clean water to children and families at the park and also the local neighborhood.

Meanwhile, Ghada, the Maia Project coordinator, is busy doing site visits to schools in Gaza with our water purification units. She is working hard to find the parts needed for any repairs and maintenance but the ongoing Israeli occupation and siege is a huge obstacle. We will update you soon on the number of children benefiting from the Maia Project in Gaza now that all schools are open.

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Our MAIA Coordinator with the students
Our MAIA Coordinator with the students
No better person than our Maia Project Coordinator, Ghada Mansi, to us the latest with the Maia Project: 

"Regardless of the challenges faced, the overall number of people (children, men, and women) who've benefited from the different purification units distributed across the Gaza Strip amounts to 56780 person\s. This is while taking into consideration that not all water purification units are working on full capacity (due to the pandemic restrictions).

There are currently approximately 18 water purification units that support kindergartens in Gaza, people living in the neighborhoods where the kindergartens are also benefit from these units. The reason they’re only 18 at the moment, is because some of the kindergartens are closed and some work on a part-time or shifts basis. Same goes for schools, where we have currently 53 units working at the moment to support schools. Before over 1100 or 1200 students would benefit from these units, now due to the lockdowns and restrictions, the number have decreased relatively to keep children safe."

The work is still undergoing, and while taking the necessary precautions; we continue to celebrate our children and people as we've done this past World Water Day. Where we celebrated together with the students at Absaan School in Gaza, the girls attended several mini-workshops discussing water pollution, use, and the overall water situation in Gaza. They've also had fun activities that included water-coloring and a small play that the girls have set up.
Student drinking water from one of our units
Student drinking water from one of our units
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Children fill up water bottles with clean water
Children fill up water bottles with clean water

The Maia Project continues to provide clean drinking water to thousands of children in Gaza thanks to your support.

Last month, Ghada, the Maia Project Coordinator, visited a newly installed unit in Al Saqia village and spoke to some of the estimated 200 families benefiting from access to safe, clean drinking water. Here is some of their feedback about the project and the new unit funded by Humanity 4 Palestine and friends in Seattle, Washington.

"We used to fill the tank at our house weekly and we paid 20 shekels [approximately $6]. Moreover the tanker water is not clean like the water coming direct from the Maia unit. thank for Meca and doners to help us"
- Soma, housewife and mother, 35 years old

"The water tanker [truck] is too big and we have a lot of kids here. They always play in the street becuse we didn't have a safe area and our homes are too small. Now we avoid the danger of the water tanker. From my perspective as an old man this is the most important point to save our kids lives. "
- Abu Khaled (literally "Khaled's father, this is a common form of nicknames for Palestinians), farmer, 69 years old

"Every day I help my mom by put the bottles to the basket and fill them from the unit,my father added wheels to the basket and make it as trolly to help me bring the water to our home. I love MECA to give us fresh water"
- Ahmed, student, 9 years old

Though schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza, the Maia Project units continue to provide clean water to children and families when they come to school every other day to pick up worksheets and assignments. Some of the units are open daily to families in the neighborhood.

Installing new water purification unit in Al Saqia
Installing new water purification unit in Al Saqia
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Middle East Children's Alliance

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Mona El-Farra
Director of Gaza Projects
Berkeley, CA United States
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