MECA's Maia Project Provides Clean Water During Attacks

MECA's Maia Project aims to provide safe, clean water to children by installing water purification and desalination units in schools and kindergartens throughout Gaza. But in the latest attacks on Gaza, these water purification units did even more.

Dr. Mona El-Farra, MECA's Director of Gaza Projects, spoke with the Deputy Principals at 2 schools in Gaza. Talal Abu Shawish from the New Gaza Boys Prepartory School reported "Our school received approximately 2000 people who had left their homes seeking safety and shelter. The Maia Project units were vital to providing these families with clean water over the 6 days that they camped out in our classrooms." Another 350 people reportedly stayed at the Al-Shati Co-Ed Elementary School where MECA installed a water purification unit in 2009. 

Without these units, the families would have been without clean drinking water. On Sunday 18 November 2012 at approximately 4 pm, an Israeli airstrike hit a water distribution truck in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, killing the driver Suhail Hamada and his 10 year-old son. As a result almost all deliveries of clean water were suspended for safety reasons.