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Signature of a Grant Agreement to Provide Clean Water to the Gaza Strip between the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
A grant agreement was signed today in Kuwait between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), under which the Fund will provide a grant of US $3 million to provide additional support to contribute to the provision of clean and healthy water for Gaza residents in the State of Palestine (Khan Younis and Deir Al Balah).
The grant agreement was signed on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund by Mr. AlTayeb Adam, Director of the Gulf Area Office repcesentavie, while on behalf of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Bader, Director-General. This agreement is the third of Kuwait Fund's agreements with UNICEF; The first and second agreements were signed in 2017 on contributing to the alleviation of famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and the other on fighting cholera epidemic in Yemen. A memorandum of understanding was also signed last February to ensure cooperation with the Organization in all fields of development and humanitarian aid, in addition to the exchange of experiences and partnerships. The contribution will achieve several goals and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, the most important of which lies in the third goal on good health and well-being, the sixth goal on clean water and sanitation, and finally the seventeenth goal, which is not without any of the conventions of the Fund to contribute to achieve the SDGs.
The grant agreement aims to contribute to the achievement of one of the general objectives with funding support from the Kuwait Fund for Development; the Project will contribute to the overall goal of improving access to safe water for over 280,000, whilst effectively mitigating risks from sewage flooding in targeted areas in Gaza Strip.
With this funding, UNICEF will work closely with PWA and CMWU to provide access of several governorates of the Gaza Strip to water and sanitation, with the overarching objective to halt the rapid deterioration of the freshwater resources in the coastal aquifer and to mitigate a potential environmental catastrophe.
The Project consists of the following components:
Output (1): 200,000 people benefit from sustainable access to sufficient municipal water and wastewater services, to achieve that a solar system with the required steel structures shall be designed and installed in addition to the civil works for different water and wastewater facilities for six different locations in Gaza.
Output (2): 80,000 people benefit from improved management of flooding during the winter season – especially during rain - and increased capacity to mitigate related risks in Khan Younis and Deir Al Balah, for that to be achieved, several activities shall be implemented:
Design and construction of concrete stormwater lines 1.3 KM length in Khan Younis with diameter ranges from 1.0 to 1.5 m and 0.7 KM length in Dair El-Balah with diameter 0.6 m.
· Supply and installation of concrete utility holes.
· Supply and installation of stormwater Gullies.
· Reinstatement works.
It is expected that all project works will be executed and all grant components will be implemented within two years of signing.