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Eight-year old Awad Samy Khater eats a tomato in his family's greenhouse in Al Fukari, Gaza. The family grows crops in several greenhouses, using water from a rain water catchment system to fill a giant pond. That water is mixed with increasingly saline groundwater from a well. The system allows them to produce a greater quantity of more lucrative crops, at greater profit because they have to buy less water. The boy's family received assistance in building the system from Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a member of the ACT Alliance. In the wake of the devastating 2014 war, ACT Alliance members are supporting health care, vocational training, rehabilitation of housing and water systems, psycho-social care, and other humanitarian actions throughout the besieged Palestinian territory. Quality water is growing increasingly scarce in Gaza, as Israel drains the underground aquifer for its own development, pulling salt water into the aquifer from the west.<br />
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