On February 13, 2012, Israeli bulldozers arrived before sunrise and without warning to the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem to demolish a newly completed community facility. The “cultural café” was built with funds from several international humanitarian organizations, including the Berkeley, California-based Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) and Playgrounds for Palestine in Pennsylvania.
There is a growing water crisis in Palestine that affects agriculture, industry, and the health of virtually every adult and child. In the Gaza Strip, poor sanitation and over-extraction have polluted the limited water supply. But thanks to the Middle East Children's Alliance, nearly 25,000 school children now drink clean, safe water every day.
Sally is a student at Al-Shati Co-Ed Elementary School, one of 22 schools and kindergartens in Gaza where the Middle East Children's Alliance installed a water purification and desalination unit.