The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Hand Over

Published on July 7, 2014 um 15:51

Summary of your idea

Slum areas are a fact that we cannot deny in developing countries, families live in houses made of tin sheets, stones or wood. Roofs are steel sheets, cardboards or wood. Houses lack proper ventilation, insulation, sanitation and they are overcrowded. All these factors affect the residents physically and mentally. I have worked in slum areas for nine years and I am up to solving this issue. My social enterprise, Hand Over, seeks to empower architecture and civil engineering students along with the local residents of slum areas and together they will design and build sustainable houses for slum areas in Egypt. A comprehensive internship program will be delivered to the students, which will be prepared by a group of local and international experts. It will introduce them to the sustainable techniques of construction. At the same time, the local residents will receive workshops for the implementation techniques and together, they will apply what they have learned by building the houses. The houses will be built with the Rammed Earth Technique. It is an ancient building technique, where the main building components are sand, mud and gravel, mixed with water. It proved to be durable, affordable and provides a better living condition to the residents of the houses. Our main objectives are: - Providing humane housing for low-income families - Engaging the community and empowering them with the needed knowledge - Widening the scope of the undergraduates and allow them to discover new fields within their area of interest. Currently, I collaborated with an Egyptian NGO that is working in developing slum areas in Egypt, They are working in a project called Ezbet project (http://www.ezbet-competition.com/) and my project will be a sub-division from the big vision that aims in renovating the whole area of Abu-Qarn district in Cairo, Egypt

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The expected impact on the short term is: - Sustainable houses - Educated students about sustainability in their field - On-field training experience - More awareness for the students of the problems in their community The expected impact of the project on the long term is: - Better health conditions - Awareness - More economical stability - Change in the mindset of the engineering students - Another approach for student activities - Better utilization of local resources - Knowledge sharing - Reducing the gap in our community - More productivity

Plans for implementation and sustainability

I am starting the first year with one prototype in a slum area that I have worked in for nine years. In this year, the source of funding will be mainly the fees that the students will pay for enrolling in the internship program, sponsorship, in-kind donations, online crowd-funding and grants. Currently, I have on board a team of architects who will assist me in the technical aspects and in preparing the curriculum of the internship program, I have a board of advisors that consists of experts and consultants in different fields and they are offering their help and support whenever needed and also I collaborated with an Egyptian NGO that works in slum areas in Egypt to support the project in the social aspect and lately I had an initial partnership with the university of Brussels to have an exchange program. Starting from the second year and after the prototype proves to be a success, I will include the micro-finance scheme in the program.

Your profile

I am Radwa Rostom, I am 27 years old. I am a civil engineer. I am working as a project engineer in an environmental consulting firm. I have worked in slum areas for nine years through community service projects, I have been into their houses and I have seen their living conditions. I have a network of people working in the field of sustainable construction. Currently, I am enrolled in a fellowship program offered by The DO School in Hamburg, Germany (www.thedoschool.org) where they offer mentorship support throughout the planning and implementation of the project.

Stage of Idea

planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, health, other: Sustainable housing

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