MECA Gaza Staff and students at the Elementary Beach Boys School celebrating their new water purification unit.

About two years ago, Yusuf Nessary, Founder of Zam Zam Water contacted MECA because he wanted to work with us on the Maia Project. Since 2009, MECA has been installing water purification and desalination units in Gaza schools so students have access to clean, safe drinking water. Over the years, individuals and groups have raised or donated funds for one whole Maia unit (now about $15,000) or part of a unit. Meanwhile, Zam Zam Water had been building wells and providing other help to communities in Afghanistan and Rwanda. Yusuf’s determination, the amazing team of committed volunteers he’s brought together, and his deep connections to the Afghan immigrant community where he grew up are clearly the keys to his remarkable success in such a short period of time.

So far, Zam Zam has raised funds for six water systems in Gaza schools, three are completed and the installation of three more will begin soon. They also raised funds for MECA to purchase and distribute backpacks with hygiene kits to kids in Gaza.