Once again, We, Derek and Jenny, are honoured to announce another Project from Perdana Global Peace Foundation that we are very pleased to assist with from Gaza .The Project was announced via Press conference here in Gaza city, ( Beach camp area) thursday 16th August 2012. It is the production, delivery and distribution of:
Donation of Half a million bottles of clean drinking water to Gaza before, during and after Ramadhan. WAQAF WATER 4 GAZA.
We made arrangements for the bottling of clean purified water at a bottling plant in Gaza. This way we are not only helping to provide drinking water to the people of Gaza but also supporting the local economy in its efforts to be independent and self-sufficient, and so, we produced, packaged, and labelled the bottles all here in Gaza. and we will deliver and distribute the bottles all with the help of Palestinian truck drivers and Labour.
To give you an idea of the quantities involved, 50 mosques and 11 hospitals will receive a minimum of 6,000 bottles each, as will churches etc. Foundations , depending on their sizes , will receive anything between 1,000 and 4,000 bottles each, with smaller quantities going to families and groups in dire need.
PRESS RELEASE , Thursday 16th August 2012,
THE PERDANA GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION (PGPF)’S CONTINUED EFFORT TO CALL FOR
THE LIFTING OF THE BLOCKADE OF GAZA AND THIS TIME VIA ITS WAQAF WATER4GAZA
PROJECT INITIATED WITH THE SUPPORT FROM MALAYSIANS
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) has called for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.
For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.5 million people have been under siege in violation of
international laws. More than half of the victims are children.
Twice, PGPF has challenged the blockade by launching two ships separately and attempted to sail to
Gaza and break Israel’s stranglehold on 1.5 million Palestinian civilians. The first, the Rachel Corrie,
under the threat of military attack, was forcefully stopped by the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and
commandeered to the Israel port of Ashdod and our volunteers deported. Picking up from where
the first ship left, PGPF launched the Spirit of Rachel Corrie and suffered similar fate. It was however
allowed to berth at the Port El-Arish on 5 July 2011 to unload 7.5 km UPVC pipes to Gaza to restore
their devastated sewerage systems.
Background Information on clean drinking water supply in Gaza :
According to report by UNHCR, about 90% of the groundwater in Gaza is unacceptable for drinking
as a result of contamination by nitrate and chloride. While ground water is the only dependable
and regular source of water in the Gaza Strip. It is a source for drinking, domestic, agricultural and
industrial supplies. Families have virtually no access to drinking water: humanitarian access has
been severely restricted, water infrastructure has been destroyed and systems are in need of repairs,
and stagnant, standing water fills the streets. According to the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility
(CMWU) – the water and wastewater service provider for the Gaza Strip – some 500,000 people are
without access to running water at all, another 500,000 residents are limited to 4-6 hours of running
water every 5-7 days, and the remaining population receives 4-6 hours of water every 2-3 days.
In view of the above, in October 2010, PGPF has launched an effort via its Waqaf Water4Gaza project
in which a programme was featured in a tour around states in Malaysia with cooperation from the
public, state government and private companies as well as donors. Waqaf Water4Gaza intends to
deliver bottles of water to the Gaza strip where its citizens have been suffering due to lack of clean
And today, 16th August 2012, the Waqaf Water4Gaza project has finally rolled out its 1st phase
programme to its destination in Gaza. PGPF has created another milestone in its initiatives with the
distribution of 500,000 units of 1.5 litre bottled water via 30 trucks to over 70 outlets which include
Mosques, 10 major hospitals, orphanages, rehabilitation centres as well as Christian churches around
It was in PGPF’s initial plan to send a team from Malaysia for this mission; we however were
advised not to proceed with our plans due to the recent attack at Rafah border. The uncertainties at
the Rafah border and the possibilities of not being allowed in due to the closing of the crossings had
scuttled our original plans of going there to distribute the water ourselves.
However, our associates in Gaza, Derek and Jenny Graham have agreed to undertake the
responsibilities and will, on our behalf, assist the distribution. Derek and Jenny, both Irish nationals,
have been active partners of the PGPF and played significant roles in our earlier
“Break The Seige” missions. The Graham ‘s have played vital roles as members on “Break The
Siege” missions. Derek and Jenny who are currently based in Gaza, will be collaborating with local
PGPF also, in conjunction with the blessed month of Ramadhan, has also sponsored a Charitable
Yarmook Institution (CYI) project called ‘Mercy & Kind Hands’ for food parcels, Iftar, Eid Clothes and
cash to the people in Gaza.
On the same day, PGPF in Kuala Lumpur, will organise a hand-over ceremony of the Waqaf
Water4Gaza to a visiting Imam of Gaza, via a simple ceremony attended by PGPF President, Tun Dr.
Mahathir Mohamad, PGPF Board of Trustees as well as other Peace Association around Malaysia.
“We, in PGPF, wish to convey our deepest appreciation to the Government of Malaysia and its
people for their continuous support and effort in helping us realise our mission. We salute the
people of Gaza for the state of fastness in resisting the Israeli onslaught.” Tan Sri Norian Mai,
Chairman of PGPF.
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) will continue its awareness programmes via Jelajah
Keamanan and Waqaf Water4Gaza to garner support from Malaysians in order to achieve its target
in providing clean water to the people in Gaza and to highlight their sufferings due to the Zionist
blockade which is choking the life out of the Palestinians.
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), is a first but resolute step in the arduous journey
towards global peace, moves towards the single goal of putting an end to war. It’s Founder, Tun Dr.
Mahathir Mohamad, envisages “a serious, active and sustained struggle against war and for peace”.
Sharing and supporting this agenda are world-prominent professionals, intellectuals, authors and
statesmen – all passionate advocates of international peace. Together, they have signed the KUALA
LUMPUR INTITIATIVE to define the initiative to criminalise war.
“The Palestinian struggle is nothing more than a struggle for justice, to which they, as much as
everyone else, have a right”
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, President of PGPF.
For Media enquiries and further information in Gaza, Please contact :
Jenny Graham 059 2601872 email@example.com ( english)
Derek Graham 059 2536401 firstname.lastname@example.org ( english)
Hussein Amody 059 9725117 (arabic)
Media are invited to document and film any or all stages of the delivery and distribution of the water
For enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr.Zulaiha Ismail, Executive Director PGPF at
019-3843913 or email@example.com or Fauziyah Abu Hassan, Senior Associate at 013-3999901 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. ( Malaysia)
Visit our website at http://www.perdana4peace.org
End Press release.
Jenny and Derek would also like to publicly thank our colleague, Hussien Amody, for his total commitment , to this project in many ways including photography.
We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the media and the International community to use this project to highlight the ongoing siege in Gaza , because of this siege, Palestinians in Gaza are reliant on projects like this for clean drinking water, against all humanitarian rights.
The right to clean drinking water is a basic need to sustain life and health.
If anybody, group or Individual , would like to contact us for Interview, more information etc, please email or phone us on numbers in press release. We would appreciate your sharing the story of this project in all countries, and its ability to highlight the ongoing water and sanitation problems in Gaza. As always,your support is appreciated and we will continue to update on this project in the coming days and weeks.
Photography by Hussien Amody ( facebook) , http://www.hussienphoto.weebly.com
VIDEO CLICK HERE: Press Conference, Water 4 Gaza project