ACTNews, GAZA – The water truck drove across the streets of Gaza. In mid-February, it visited one of the poor neighborhoods in Gaza to deliver clean water. The massive truck parked near one of the buildings. One of the local Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers pulled out the hose attached to the water truck to deliver the water to the houses.
On a different day, the truck was welcomed by elementary school students. “We thank ACT for bringing us clean, drinking water for our school,” said one of the students.
The truck also visited clinics in Gaza, such as a clinic in North Gaza. “It’s difficult for us to obtain clean water; we have to buy it from a private company. It has been difficult for Gaza Health Ministry to provide clean water for us. We have to buy it ourselves to fill our water tanks,” said one of the staff in a clinic in North Gaza.
Similar gratitude was also expressed by a number of worshippers in the mosques. “On behalf of al-Raudah mosque, I thank ACT for the clean water that we can use for drinking and cleaning. We pray that Allah will reward all the donors with something much better,” said a member of the mosque board.
Mobile Water Tank is one of ACT’s regular aid programs for Palestine. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT reported that, in February, clean water is distributed almost daily to a number of public facilities like mosques, clinics and schools. “The water is distributed six days a week, benefitting around 19,400 people a week. Each receives 20 liters of water,” explained Faradiba.
Water is an essential need, but it has been a luxury in Gaza. Not everyone has drinkable water. UNRWA stated that, without major intervention to shore up supplies of water and electricity, Gaza could soon become uninhabitable. “Otherwise you will see a huge collapse of everything. Otherwise, by 2020, Gaza will not be a livable place,” said UNRWA spokesperson Adnan Abu Hasna, as written by The Daily Beast in October 2018.