There is a growing water crisis in Palestine. In the Gaza Strip, poor sanitation and over-extraction have polluted the limited water supply. In September 2009, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) launched the Maia Project to provide Palestinian children with clean, safe drinking water.
This project began when the Student Parliament at the UN Boys' School in Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza were given the opportunity to choose ONE thing they most wanted for their school: THEY CHOSE TO HAVE CLEAN DRINKING WATER.
The large water purification unit costs $11,500 and each unit provides water for 1,500-2,000 children and staff. A small purification unit for a preschool or kindergarten costs $4,000 and serves 150-450 children.