Wafa Shabat describes what life was like without regular access to water before ANERA's recent Urgent Water Systems Repair project restored water connections to 12,000 families in war-ravaged areas of Gaza.
She details the drastic difference the project has made. In Wafa's words, "Now, instead of spending sleepless nights waiting for the water to come, we have it when we need it."
ANERA first started its work in early 1968, soon after the West Bank was occupied by Israel and thereby detached from Jordan. After several years of focusing on the relief needs of refugees from the 1967 war, ANERA began in the mid-1970s to focus on job creation and sustainable development projects for all needy West Bank communities.
Today, through excellent local partnerships and the hard work of full-time, local-hired staff members, ANERA continues to build schools and hospitals, improve the well-being of children, deliver health care supplies, and much more.
ANERA's Gaza office opened in 1985 with just three staff members. Projects were focused mainly on agriculture, a major source of livelihood in the region.
Today, ANERA's staff in Gaza has expanded to include engineers, pharmacists, nutritionists and development professionals. Despite massive destruction and the ongoing siege, ANERA has been able to implement projects that create jobs and bring some relief to suffering families from Beit Lahia to Rafah.