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GAZA, PALESTINE, January 18, 2022 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, recently completed the delivery and set-up of 100 water tanks in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of water tanks the charity operates in the area to 400.
Each tank provides access to free, clean water to approximately 50 individuals, or 7 families, throughout the year for an estimated 20,000 total beneficiaries.
The tanks are located in the following areas:
- North governorate: (Beit Hanoun, Jablia Camp, Abraj Al Nada)
- Gaza governorate: (Moghraqa, Al Zatoon)
- Middle governorate: (Al Brouk, Um Dhair, Al Maghazi camp, Al Sawarha, Al Zawiada, Wadi Al Salqa, Deir Al Balah camp, Al Buraij refugees, Al Nusierat camp, Joher Al Diek)
- Khan Younis governorate: (Nahr Al Bared)
- Rafah governorate: (the Swedish Village, Al Mawasi)
Tanks are refilled weekly, according to Baitulmaal program manager Elizabeth Sohail, and may be refilled more frequently depending on need.
“Without these tanks, many families have no other choice but to drink from polluted sources, putting their health at risk.” Sohail said. “Access to safe, potable water is a basic right, and these tanks deliver on that promise.”
Human rights experts recently warned that water in Gaza is “slowly poisoning” its residents. Water pollution is a leading cause of child mortality and accounts for a quarter of all illnesses in the area. Approximately 98% of groundwater is unfit to drink — often contaminated by sewage or seawater. According to the UN, only 10 percent of Gazans have access to safe drinking water.
Baitulmaal provides food, water, medicine, healthcare, and other aid to people in Palestine. If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian nonprofit that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices and representatives in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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