Maia Project: Water Purification and Desalination

The Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF) is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County, California, to fund construction of a water purification unit, through the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Maia Water Project. In 2011 RCF partnered with MECA to build a water purification unit at a kindergarten in Rafah; and now, we have partnered to bring potable water to the Naseam Kindergarten in Nuseirat camp just outside the city of Deir al-Balah.

The water crisis in Gaza is severe. It began in 1948 with the forceful displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians into the Gaza Strip. Israel simultaneously cut access to all water sources around Gaza. The Gaza Aquifer, the only remaining water source, was unable to support the sudden rise in population. Due to this incredible strain, the water generated by the aquifer has been steadily deteriorating for more than sixty years. The three-year siege of Gaza combined with Israeli military attacks during Operation Cast Lead (Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009) brought the already deteriorated water and sanitation sector to the brink of collapse. As a result, the water in Gaza is polluted with untreated sewage, agricultural chemicals, and is brackish from seawater. This leads to significant health problems including parasitic infections, heart disease, and life-threatening anemia. The United Nations reports that as much as 95% of the water in Gaza is unsuitable for human consumption due to contamination by seawater, sewage, and agricultural and industrial waste.

To provide drinking water to children, who are disproportionately affected by this crisis, MECA has built 40+ units for UN schools, refugee camps, small towns and villages, and is currently expanding its efforts to reach more schools throughout Gaza. Each school’s water purification unit will provide safe and clean drinking water to between 150 and 450 students. Through this partnership, the Rachel Corrie Foundation will continue its commitment to peace, justice, and the welfare of the people of Gaza.

Help us make a significant impact on the health and well-being of hundreds of Gazan children by contributing to building and installing a water unit that will provide safe, clean drinking water. Send your donation today!