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US Top Donor To Palestine Last 14 Years

From the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) agency:


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds programs that help people living in the West Bank and Gaza lead healthier and more productive lives.

Since 1993, Palestinians have received more than $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance via USAID projects – more than from any other donor country.


February 13, 2007
USAID Responds to an Urgent Request for Blood Bags in Gaza
January 12, 2007
USAID Funds a Waste Removal Project in Tal El Sultan
October 26, 2006
New Mission Director for USAID West Bank and Gaza
October 11, 2006
USAID Funds Construction of New Maternity Floor at the Holy Family Hospital
October 6, 2006
American Food Aid to Palestinian People Expands
September 18, 2006
USAID Provides Scholarships to Over 2000 Palestinian Students
August 22, 2006
USAID Repairs Damaged Water Networks in Gaza
June 16, 2006
US Government Supports Gaza Outpatient Service
June 8, 2006
American Food Aid to Palestinian People Continues
May 16, 2006
U.S. Provides $800,000 worth of Medical Supplies for Palestinian Patients

Other topical missions include:

How Does a Man Measure Success?

October 2002

USAID’s first major project in Gaza, named Gaza Stormwater and Wastewater Management, was a $40 million, four-year effort to prevent the winter flooding of streets, homes and businesses with combined sewage and rainwater. "In my opinion, this project was an outstanding success. Six raw sewage discharges to Gazan beaches were eliminated. A wastewater treatment plant was constructed to treat all Gaza wastewater – the first such plant anywhere in the Palestinian Territories. And a large area cluttered with garbage was converted into a stormwater infiltration area to allow groundwater recharge rather than the traditional flow of this precious fresh water into the Mediterranean Sea.

This may sound like tech talk to anyone who isn’t an engineer but what it means in plain English is not only were we able to save water, a rare natural resource in the region, but we were able to stop the flooding of Palestinian streets and buildings – something that had gone on for decades in Gaza City. I believe it would be hard to overestimate what this change has meant to local families and businesses."

The stormwater infiltration area Chuck mentions here with pride had a further noteworthy feature. Working in close cooperation with the Palestinian Water Authority, USAID envisioned a beautiful park, fully landscaped with trees and grass, a soccer field, picnic areas and a children’s playground to be constructed over the top of the stormwater infiltration area. In 1999, this dream became a reality when the Palestinian American Friendship Park was officially opened by the Mayor of Gaza. Any visitor today to the Park, whether coming on a weekday afternoon or on the weekend, will find the playground and soccer field filled with running, laughing schoolchildren. He or she will also see families sitting and eating together in the picnic areas, grateful for a few hours respite from their overcrowded homes…


Rafah Sewage Treatment Plant Back in Business

September 15, 2004

RAFAH, Gaza — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) this week completed the renovation of the aging Rafah Wastewater Treatment Plant, eliminating the danger of sewage flooding in this densely populated area.

USAID provided the sewage treatment facility with a permanent power supply, two new pumps and assorted electrical equipment, which will allow it to function continuously and efficiently. More than 50,000 people, whose health and welfare had been seriously endangered by the regular flooding of raw sewage, benefited from the project.

Since October 2003, USAID has funded 20 emergency and quick impact water projects designed to respond to water and sewage emergencies in the Gaza Strip. The projects cost a total of $2.3 million and benefited five Gaza municipalities with 385,000 people.

The projects included the laying of 15,000 meters of sewer pipes and 21,700 meters of water lines in Gaza, the installation of six pumps in wells and treatment plants, the provision of excavators, generators, transformers and tools to five municipalities.


USAID Funds a Waste Removal Project in Tal El Sultan

January 12, 2007

Tal El Sultan, Gaza Strip – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is assisting in the removal of a hazardous solid waste dump in Tal El Sultan neighborhood in Rafah. Through this $25,000 emergency assistance program, USAID is responding to a serious health threat to the residents of Tal El Sultan. The cleanup, which started on December 19, will improve the environment and quality of life for 30,000 people.

The Tal El Sultan waste removal project is part of USAID’s $28.2 million emergency assistance program, Rafeed. This program enables USAID to respond promptly to the immediate humanitarian and emergency needs of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza.

Since 1993, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have received more than $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance via USAID projects to combat poverty, improve health and education, create jobs and promote good governance.

Indeed, we are now even funding the Palestinian President’s Hamas guard.

But will we ever hear any mention of what the US is doing for Palestine from our watchdog media?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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