“I was so happy to have a child, and he went in the blink of an eye.”
Nuha’s five-year-old son, Mohammed, went swimming in the sea. That night he was exhausted, unable to eat or drink. By morning he was unconscious, trembling with fever.
Mohammed was in a coma in hospital, and his mother tried to get him out of Gaza for specialist care, but the borders were shut.
The doctors told Nuha that bacteria from the sea had damaged his brain. “I didn’t believe it,” said Nuha, “I couldn’t believe he just went. He died at just five-years-old. He was kind and shy and he loved people and loved to play.
Polluted water: Gaza’s silent killer
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. In fact, the single biggest cause of death among children in Gaza is drinking contaminated water.
The entire population of the Gaza Strip depends 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.
It is unacceptable that 97% of Gaza’s water supply is contaminated by seawater, sewage and chemicals.
Give clean water, reap the blessings for years to come
Nuha doesn’t let her other children swim in the sea anymore, and she’s forced to buy mineral water to protect them from the pollution in the tap water.
Donate to our Gaza water projects this Ramadan, 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.
Change starts here.
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.
“Whoever saves the life of one, it is as if he saved the whole of mankind”Qur’an 5:32