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GAZA, PALESTINE November 9, 2023 – Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian nonprofit, is currently operating clean water stations in shelter centers located in various areas of Gaza that serve more than 44,500 displaced Palestinians.
Clean water stations have been set up in schools and refugee centers located in central and southern Gaza, including Al-Zawaideh, Deir Al-Balah, Al-Khawalda, Al-Sawarha, Al-Maghazi Camp and Al-Nuseirat Camp. These stations ensure clean water access to thousands of Palestinians displaced within Gaza since October 7.
According to Elora Bashir, program operations manager at Baitulmaal, the charity was operating 400 water tanks across Gaza prior to October 7 which were refilled weekly to provide clean water access to families in need. Due to the recent bombardment and blockade of the Gaza Strip, the charity rerouted its available water resources in the region to serve the needs of the displaced population.
“We are grateful to our team in Gaza who were able to pivot quickly to address the evolving situation on the ground,” Bashir said. “We are also thankful to our donors who enable us to provide clean water to as many people as possible during this critical time.”
Access to clean water has been one of the biggest challenges in Gaza, even prior to the recent crisis. According to the UN, more than 96 percent of the groundwater in Gaza is “unfit for human consumption.” Since the recent blockade and bombardment of Gaza, resources have been severely limited, making safe, clean water even harder to find. Cholera is rising due to contaminated water, posing huge risks to a population that has been forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in overcrowded shelters.
Baitulmaal has been working in Palestine for more than a decade, providing food, clothing, education support, seasonal giving, emergency aid and healthcare in Palestine, in addition to operating desalination plants and 400 water tanks in Gaza . Having staff and resources on the ground enables Baitulmaal to quickly mobilize emergency aid from existing stock within Gaza to families in need.
Baitulmaal continues to provide aid during the current crisis and will deliver more aid into Gaza as the situation allows. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to Baitulmaal’s efforts in Palestine, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
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