Gaza water crisis

Young Gaza boy pouring water

Gaza’s water infrastructure is collapsing. 97% of water is undrinkable and families are forced to drink water polluted by seawater and sewage. Donate now and give the gift of clean water.

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Clean water for all in Gaza

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

£100 - provide 350 people in Gaza with clean, disinfected water for 1 year.

£60 – Provide clean water for 4 people in Rafah by helping us to build a desalination plant.

A staggering 97% of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, and the entire population relies on a single aquifer, which is now polluted and contaminated.

Gaza is struggling to cope with the rapid spread of COVID-19. The first local transmission was at the end of August; over 40,000 cases have since been reported. Schools and universities closed, and the whole of Gaza is under an evening and weekend curfew; families are struggling to earn a living to afford food, let alone cleaning products.

With your help, we’ve been consistently providing water cleaning and COVID-19 protection measures over the last few months. But we urgently need your help to continue this work, as the virus continues to spread rapidly across Gaza, the most densely populated place in the world.

The single biggest killer of children in Gaza is contaminated water. After years of drinking water contaminated by salt, seawater, sewage, and bacteria, many children go on to suffer health complications such as renal failure, fatal diarrhoea, and dehydration.

Clean water to combat sickness, disease and viruses

We’re helping make the entire Gaza Strip resilient to viruses and disease. Since April, in partnership with UNOCHA, we have been disinfecting the entire water network and distribution system through chlorination; we’re the only organisation doing a water intervention of this impactful scale in Gaza. We’re also in the process of installing a desalination plant in Rafah, allowing the local community to have a secure source of clean, drinkable water for years to come.

But Gaza’s water authority is urgently requesting more help in providing clean water. In a few weeks, Gaza’s water wells will have no chlorine disinfection solution, leaving the entire population at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, and unable to effectively stay safe from coronavirus.

Our recent work

We’ve rehabilitating 11 water wells across Gaza, restoring their ability to produce water, in partnership with UN OCHA. In December, we delivered 120 PPE kits to workers operating wells and water plants across Gaza to ensure that they, and the water sources, are protected from COVID-19.

We also rebuilt and repaired 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.

In January, we delivered COVID-19 protection kits to 582 vulnerable families across Gaza, protecting 3,400 people from the spread of coronavirus with masks, disinfectants, soaps, toiletries, hand sanitizer, and wipes.

With your support, we want to continue chlorinating 284 water wells, 55 water reservoirs, 26 water lifting and booster stations, over 2,987km of water networks and carrier lines and 48 water desalination plants, benefiting 2.1 million people – the entire population of Gaza.

Your donations to our Gaza Water Appeal will help to bring Gaza’s water supply back from the brink, helping Palestinian families to be resilient to the spread of disease.

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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.

Our work so far ...

Livelihood projects

43,301 people helped through development projects

Clean drinking water

15,300 people provided with access to clean drinking water

Fighting hunger

85,122 people supported with food aid

Water for life

45,000 people provided with access to clean water through the installation of a desalination plant in Gaza

The gift of warmth

3,334 children were provided with winter kits

Lifesaving medical aid

You provided medical disposables to 5 health centres.

No clean water. No hope.

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