Maia Project: Water Purification and Desalination
Help the Rachel Corrie Foundation Fund a Water Purification and Desalination Unit for a Kindergarten in Rafah!
We are excited to announce our new effort in partnership with the Middle East Children’s Alliance’s Maia Project to provide clean, safe drinking water for children in Gaza. Our initial goal is to raise $4,000 for a water purification and desalination unit, constructed in Gaza, that will serve 150-450 children in a Rafah refugee camp kindergarten.
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.
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!