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A Legacy of Palestinian Community Infrastructure

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Anera’s Palestinian Community Infrastructure and Development (PCID) program, funded by USAID, was the largest community infrastructure program in the organization’s history. Anera’s PCID projects in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem began in March 2013 and continued through January 2019. The program was designed to address infrastructure needs in rural communities that face serious shortages in basic services.

PCID leaves a legacy of accomplishments that endure for a long time, including increased access to water and sanitation and critically needed basic infrastructure like health facilities, schools and youth centers, parks, libraries and roads.

187,770 people now have improved access to water for household use and for drinking. 37,700 people now have piped water in their homes for the first time. And 2,000 students each year are benefiting from improved schools.

Anera encountered a number of significant challenges while undertaking PCID projects, including getting approvals from the relevant authorities for water projects, delays caused in bringing regular and “dual-use” materials into Gaza, and the very lengthy and complicated procedures for getting approval for projects in Area C.

Nonetheless, in six years Anera installed water networks and reservoirs and built or renovated schools, public parks and community centers for women, youth and people with disabilities. Anera completed 53 projects that benefited some 421,921 people in 54 rural and marginalized communities across East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. USAID provided an $72 million in funding. A further $6 million was obligated but never spent, due to premature termination of the program. As a result of new U.S. legislation, the end date for PCID projects was changed from December 31, 2019, to January 31, 2019. Our on-the-ground report “U.S. Funding Cuts to Palestine: The Impact on Programs and People” provides more detail on the circumstances.

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