Gaza Women Lead Local Water and Sanitation Project

Report
from American Near East Refugee Aid
Published on 14 Dec 2017 View Original

Om Ahmed is a role model for the women in her community. Not only is she highly influential, but she’s called the leader by her neighbors.

It’s not hard to see why—this grandmother never stops. Each morning, she slips on her sneakers and her traditional embroidered dress and goes for a walk on the seashore. In the afternoons, she spends time with her grandsons. And in between, she’s leading a women’s initiative to bring health and hygiene to her water-scarce community.

Accessing water has long been a major struggle in her Gaza City neighborhood of Sheikh Ejlien. “Water is even more scarce during summertime. One summer, we had no water for 7-10 days and because of the power outages, the water pressure was low, too.”

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