USAID Emergency Water and Sanitation (EWAS II)
Years of occupation, blockades and a deteriorating economy have taken a toll on the infrastructure of the West Bank and Gaza. Hospitals and schools are crumbling as are the water and irrigation pipelines and farm access roads. Medical equipment is sorely outdated or in need of repair. Many schools are not safe or adequate for the communities they serve.
Poor families in remote areas often are forced to pay the high cost of trucking in clean drinking water because the pipelines are corroded or non-existent. Inadequate or antiquated sewage and water treatment facilities cause serious health issues.
With funding from USAID’s Emergency Water and Sanitation (EWAS), ANERA has been able to provide rapid emergency relief in the water and sanitation sectors and to address basic infrastructure needs. ANERA builds reservoirs and installs new toilets in schools. We repave and build new roads to connect farms to markets. Our engineers design and implement renovations to hospitals, schools and clinics.
Since 2008, ANERA has built seven reservoirs. laid 120 miles of pipe and erected 115 water cisterns, all of which deliver one million gallons of water to more than 300,000 people. ANERA has also improved sanitation conditions for more than 200,000 people and installed rainwater drainage systems in two communities to relieve flooding.
How it Works
ANERA collaborates with local communities and organizations to identify areas that need improvement and urgent repair. Once the project is approved and the community commits to making financial or material contributions, ANERA implements the project, from design to contracting and hiring workers to complete it.
For more details, check out the EWAS II website.
This program has provided new and improved infrastructure across the West Bank and Gaza. It also has created thousands of jobs for Palestinians seeking much-needed resources to support their families.
Some Success Stories
Principal Abeer Khoriye at the Al Taybeh Greek Orthodox School breaths a sigh of relief: “The faculty and students have never been happier. We now have a new beautiful building, and most importantly, my students are enjoying the extra space in a healthy environment, and are safe and sound.” Read more >>
Om Rami Abu Shabaan and her neighbor enjoy sitting and talking in their new community park while their children play nearby. “Our children come here to play and have a good time. We also can have parties in the park since it’s easy for everyone to gather here.” Read more >>
The new water network and reservoir ANERA installed in the village of Auja, West Bank greatly increases the amount of available drinking water reduces water losses because of deteriorating pipes. Read more >>