It was dark inside Alaa Abu Shaab’s small house in Bani Shaila, a neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza. A narrow stream of light came in through the curtains, where Alaa, his wife Asmaa and their three children sat huddled on the floor.
“I’ve been living here for 35 years. I’ve gotten used to electricity outages,” Alaa shrugged.
But what really bothered Alaa was the deteriorating health and living conditions caused by raw sewage and overflowing cesspits in his neighborhood.
With support from Islamic Relief USA, ANERA recently installed seven Gaza sewage and water networks in Gaza City, Shejaiya, Al Moghraqam El Zawaida, Deir El Balah and Bani Suhaila – where Alaa and his family live.
“This was truly an end to the days of suffering,” Alaa said. Now, he is able to save money that he used to spend on sewage collection. And most importantly, his family can live with dignity in their home.
“We’re glad the kids can play outside safely,” added Asmaa, with a sigh of relief.
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