Check out this short video to see how the water purification and desalination units we build through our Maia Project are made in Gaza! These two units were funded by ZamZamWater and installed at Deir El Balah Preparatory Girls School and Shati Elementary Boys School a few weeks ago!
We have exciting news about one of our projects! The two new children's books pictured below just won Best Illustration and Best Production from Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature! The Palestine Writing Workshop published these books and MECA helped fund the production of the books as well as workshops across the West Bank to distribute books to Palestinian mothers and train them in reading aloud to their children.
Last fall, MECA supported a project to promote reading in schools in the West Bank city of Nablus and nearby refugee camps. The Palestine Writing Workshop (PWW) brought books into high schools, read and discussed them with the students; created a small mobile libraries, brought writers to visit; and formed ongoing book clubs. For younger children, interactive storytelling and puppet shows honed their listening skills and gave them a sense of how much fun reading can be.
The actions of the new Palestinian generation living under Israeli occupation are shocking the world. Naturally, the media focuses on the random knife attacks against Israeli settlers. But there have also been dozens of demonstrations and hundreds of acts of civil disobedience by Palestinians in the last several months.
As most of you know, water issues have been a special concern of mine and the Middle East Children’s Alliance for a number of years. Through our Maia Project we have built and installed water purification systems at schools throughout Gaza so thousands of children—and their families—can have clean water to drink.
Drinking clean water; I can’t imagine anything more basic.
Report from Gaza by Safaa El Derawi, MECA Project Assistant
More than a year after the Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip in 2014, the situation here continues to get worse. The Israeli siege destroys any chance of living a decent life, the houses are still damaged and the feelings of pain, loss, and sorrow are still there in the depth of our hearts. Gaza's wounds are still open and will not heal very soon.
I was in Gaza in April and from the way it looked, and the way people were forced to live, you would have thought the bombing had stopped only a few weeks earlier. Rubble was everywhere. Whole neighborhoods were flattened to the ground.
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