Gaza water crisis

Lady in Gaza surrounded by dirty water

Earlier this year, bombs decimated Gaza’s water networks, pipes, and wells. Support our Gaza water appeal and provide a sustainable source of clean water, reaping the rewards of this Sadaqah Jariyah for years to come.

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Poisoned by dirty water

“The best charity is giving water to drink and He was the most generous in giving charity.” (Ahmad)

Families are cut off from clean water. The bombs that fell on Gaza in May decimated the water system. Sewage networks were destroyed, flooding streets with dangerous water. A desalination plant, which a quarter of a million people relied on for clean water, was damaged and out of service, and water pipes distributing water to 800,000 people were damaged. In all 290 water supply locations were damaged during the escalation, and are in urgent need of repair.

Even before the escalation, the entire population of the Gaza Strip depended on one single aquifer for water, which is chronically contaminated by saltwater and sewage.

97% of water in Gaza is undrinkable, forcing families in Gaza to spend a third of their income to buy water, often at extortionate rates.

Giving water is considered the best of charities in Islam but, even today, many people in Gaza still struggle to access this basic human right.

Polluted water: Gaza’s silent killer

Some 2.1 million people – the entire population of Gaza – are at risk of waterborne diseases, such as kidney failure, dehydration, and fatal diarrheal disease. The single biggest killer of children in Gaza is drinking contaminated water.

The lack of clean water in Gaza has devastating knock-on effects: it makes it difficult to halt the spread of COVID-19, it forces families to spend an average of 1/3 of their income just on water, and it has made it all but impossible for farmers to make a decent living.

Give clean water, reap the blessings for years to come

Donate to our Gaza water projects, and you’ll help us to build a desalination plant – including three wells – in Rafah, providing safe drinking water to up to 60,000 people for 15 years. It’s a beautiful act of Sadaqah Jariyah, providing blessings year after year.

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Why give through Human Appeal?

We’ve been working in Palestine for 30 years. Our staff aren’t parachuted in, they’re local, and they understand local needs. Our long familiarity with suppliers, protocols and emergency response in Palestine means that we can buy the best quality supplies at the most affordable price, helping your donations to be even more impactful.

When you donate to Palestine with Human Appeal, you’re empowering local, skilled staff to support the most vulnerable among them, supported by our specialist protection and emergency teams at headquarters, who have 30 years’ experience.

In 2020, you helped us to support a massive 2,442,801 people in Palestine.

Our recent work includes disinfecting the entire water network of Gaza for 6 months, building a desalination plant for 15,000 people at Al Aqsa University, and repairing an essential storm water facility in Gaza City, ensuring 30,000 people in Beach refugee camp are protected from the dangers of flooding this winter.

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Help provide a sustainable source of clean water in Gaza, reaping the rewards of this Sadaqah Jariyah for years to come.

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