Maia Water Project, Gaza

Maia Water Project

Maia Project: Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine

Since 2014, Pilgrims of Ibillin has been a sponsor of the Maia Water Project, supporting MECA’s work for Children in the Middle East. You can support it by designating the Maia Project for your online gift.

The Water Crisis in Palestine

There is a growing water crisis in Palestine. In Gaza, 95% of water is unfit for human consumption. Numerous military attacks on the Gaza Strip have devastated Gaza’s water infrastructure and the ten-year siege of Gaza has created a shortage of pipes, building materials, fuel and electricity. The water in Gaza is polluted with untreated sewage, agricultural chemicals, and it is brackish from seawater. Gaza’s water crisis poses grave health risks to children.

The Maia Project

In September 2009, the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) launched the Maia Project (Arabic for “water”) to provide Palestinian children with clean, safe drinking water. The Maia Project provides safe clean, drinking water for tens of thousands of Palestinian children by installing water purification and desalination units in schools throughout the Gaza Strip.

Project Background

This project began when the Student Parliament at the UN Boys’ School in Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza were given the opportunity to choose one thing they most wanted for their school: They chose to have clean drinking water. MECA’s partner in Gaza heard about this vote and, after meeting with representatives from the school and the Student Parliament, came to MECA to see if we could respond to the children’s request for drinking water. MECA provided the funds to build a water purification and desalination unit for the school in 2007.

Schools With Clean Drinking Water

In January 2008, the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and our Gaza partner, Afaq Jadeeda Association, completed the first Maia Project installation at the UN Bureij Boys’ School in Gaza. With funding from the Alalusi Foundation,  we purchased and installed a water purification and desalination unit and renovated the outdoor drinking fountains and faucets at the school.

Since the formal launching of the Maia Project in September 2009, MECA and Afaq Jadeeda have installed units at additional UN schools and kindergartens throughout the Gaza Strip. Thanks to the generosity of MECA supporters and groups around the country who are organizing for the Maia Project, 68,000 children in Gaza now have access to clean drinking water! The UN schools are overcrowded and students come in shifts so each unit provides clean drinking water to all of these children.

For more information, check out the MECA page for the Maia Project: Click here.

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