GAZA is a strip of land about 25 miles long on the southwest border of Israel. It is home for 1.7 million people most of whom are refugees that fled there after being driven from their Palestinian homes beginning in 1948. It is one of the most densely populated areas of the world. It is also a prison. There is literally no escape from Gaza. In 2008, viagra five crossing points from Israel in and out of GAZA were closed. This occupied territory is surrounded by concrete wall, electric fence and concertina wire guarded by the Israeli Military. It is blockaded on the Mediterranean.
Water in Gaza comes from a coastal aquifer. Because of the refugee overpopulation it has been over-pumped and is now infused with salt as the Mediterranean Sea has crept in making the water unfit for human consumption. Gazans now spend an average of one quarter of family income on water supplied by Israel.
The Coalition for Peace with Justice partnered with The Middle East Children Alliance (MECA) to purchase and install Desalination Units in kindergartens and grade schools in Gaza. Ralph and Emily McCoy, Coalition volunteers, visited Gaza in 2012 and saw firsthand the need for potable water. Through presentations about this dire need to churches and other groups, they successfully raised over $18,000 for the purchase of desalination units. This effort was named the MAIA project. (MAIA is the word for WATER in Arabic.) So far MECA has installed over 50 of these units that supply clean drinking water for over 50,000 school children.
MECA foresees that approximately 100 more of these units are necessary to supply water for the unmet needs of GAZA children. A large purification unit for a UN school in the refugee camps costs about $11,500. A small unit for a preschool or kindergarten costs about $4,000.
The most precious commodity in the world is clean drinking water if you do not have it. Authorities agree that GAZA will become uninhabitable for its 1.7 million residents within the current decade if decent drinking water is not available.