Clean Water for Children in Gaza

Hi! We are two high school students, Sahar and Mila, who attend the Arts and Humanities Academy at  Berkeley High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re working together to fundraise for the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Maia Project. We are asking for your help to purchase a water purification and desalination unit, through the Maia Project, that will be installed in a kindergarten in Gaza, giving over 400 children access to potable water.

Access to clean drinking water is universally regarded a basic human right. According to UN Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly "recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. The Resolution calls upon States and international organisations to provide financial resources, help capacity-building and technology transfer to help countries, in particular developing countries, to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.In November 2002, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted General Comment No. 15 on the right to water. Article I.1 states that "The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights. Comment No. 15 also defined the right to water as the right of everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable and physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses."

Palestinian men, women and children in Gaza are denied this right every day.

The Maia Project (Maia means water in Arabic) is dedicated to bringing clean, safe drinking water to the children of Palestine.  Over 90% of the water in Gaza is not potable. The health and well being of virtually every Palestinian child and adult is affected by the shortage of clean, safe water.

For those who are unaware, the water crisis in Gaza has been an ongoing issue for decades.

Numerous military attacks on the Gaza Strip have devastated Gaza’s water infrastructure, destroying wells and causing incredibly expensive damage to Gaza’s water and waste treatment facilities. Additionally, the Siege affects Gaza’s ability to maintain it's sanitation and water treatment facilities, as no one has access to the necessary building materials and spare pipes and parts.

As a result of all these assaults, the water in Gaza is polluted with untreated sewage, agricultural chemicals, and is brackish from seawater. Gaza’s water contains high levels of nitrates, chloride,  fluoride, and other pollutants that cause significant health problems, including parasitic infections, kidney disease, heart disease, damage to the nervous system, cancers, weakened bones and teeth and a life-threatening type of anemia.

Clean water is something that many of us take entirely for granted; if you are reading this right now, access to water is most likely not a concern dictating your everyday life. This is a matter of basic human rights, and we hope we can gain your support in making sure that everyone has access to clean water.

Thank you for your support!

All donations are tax deductible. 

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Sahar Sani 
Berkeley, CA
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