Gaza has long suffered severe water problems, with its aquifer contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater.
It is undeniable that the right to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, this is a right that is not being met for the Palestinian people. Palestinians are living with a constant shortage of water. According to UNICEF, it was found that two-thirds of people in Gaza drink water that has been contaminated, and that Less than 5% of the available water to drink in Gaza is safe to drink. These are very dangerous, life threatening and inhuman conditions which directly impair the quality of life of the Palestinian citizens.
Not only are they suffering from contaminated water, but they are also experiencing a shortage in water supply. According to the Palestinian Water Authority figures for the West Bank, in 2015 average water consumption for domestic, commercial and industrial uses (excluding agriculture and accounting for leakage) was 84.3 litres per person per day. This falls short of the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization, which is 100 litres of water per person per day, for personal and domestic use only. As the 2015 figure includes commercial uses, private consumption by Palestinian individuals is even lower.
Education Aid for Palestinians (EAP) have been great providers of clean water for close to 100 schools in the Gaza strip. By 2019, EAP aims to reach more than 300 schools in Gaza Strip and provide more than 300,000 students with clean water. The successful charity has recently embarked on a water project in yet another school – Eid Aaga school located in Khan Younis south of the Gaza Strip.
This project aims to achieve the following objectives:
The Eid Aaga school water project has clear immediate benefits on the school children. However, looking at the bigger picture, there are long term benefits that the project will serve to the community in the long term, including: