Trucking Safe Drinking Water to Schools in Gaza

11 August, 2015 Palestine, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
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Across Gaza, sources of clean, potable water are extremely scarce. Over 97% of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. IDRF is trucking water to 35 schools to help the most vulnerable children. According to UNOCHA, only 10% of Palestinians in Gaza have access to safe drinking water through public water networks. This is largely attributed to high levels of groundwater pollution through fertilizer usage and wastewater seepage into the main water reservoir. Ongoing water inspections by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) in Gaza continue to report high concentrations of chloride, nitrate, and salinity.

Across Gaza, approximately 1.9 million people are negatively affected by widespread water shortages and rising needs in hygiene and sanitation. This includes 983,623 women and 991,428 children who are exposed to numerous public health risks related to poor water quality, poor wastewater collection, and treatment, lack of stormwater infrastructure, and improper hygiene and sanitation practices. The lack of clean and accessible water across Gaza is rapidly becoming a leading cause of preventable death having particularly detrimental impacts on children and youth. High unemployment rates, low purchasing power, and massive infrastructural damage are some additional challenges to accessing clean water in Gaza.

How IDRF is Helping

In response to the water crisis in Gaza, IDRF is distributing fresh water to 35 schools across Gaza. This project aims to eradicate the onset of water-related diseases and illnesses amongst school-aged children and youth. Each of the 35 schools has a student population ranging between 600 – 700 male and female students. Each student is able to comfortably consume 1 to 1.5 liters of freshwater daily which has been thoroughly tested by affiliated entities including the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the PWA. This project is directly impacting over 22,750 male and female beneficiaries.

How You Can Help

A donation of $250 CAD will provide a single school with clean water for one month.
A donation of $3,000 CAD will provide a single school with clean water for one year.

Note: At IDRF we are committed to managing your funds and being accountable to you as our donors with full transparency. To do this, we are committed to ensuring that the funds you have selected are designated to the appropriate country. In the event IDRF receives funds that cannot be designated to the country selected, then please know that the funds will be redirected to support other vulnerable communities that are in urgent need.

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