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Handover’s Promise to Build Houses With Only Earth Materials Is Crowdfunding

Last October, we interviewed Radwa Rostom, the woman creating alternative housing solutions in Cairo slums through her project Handover. The civil engineer and her team are now launching an online crowdfunding campaign to fund the first prototype for a housing unit made of earth materials in Cairo.

The initiative is a sub-project from Ezbet project, a comprehensive program which includes different sub-projects to serve the urban and community development aims in the informal settlement of Ezbet Abu-Qarn on an inclusive scale.

The program, which aims to empower architecture and civil engineering students together with slum residents to build sustainable houses, runs in cooperation with Alashanek Ya Balady for Sustainable Development, the Urban Planning and Design Department (UPDD) at the Ain Shams University, and the Urban Planning and Design Institute (SI- Städtebau Institut- Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Helmut Bott, Stuttgart University).

For more information: Read and support the campaign on the 1%Club Crowdfunding site.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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