Green Cake Engineer Rebuilds Gaza #WATWB


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The young engineer with a plan to rebuild Gaza is Majid Mashharawi. Even though wars in the past 10 years have decimated Gaza, a young girl is rebuilding it with the materials found right there in the city. 

Mashharawi hopes Green Cake will help Gaza residents towards self-sufficiency by freeing them from the need to import building materials from outside. Getting hold of construction materials in Gaza is expensive and time-consuming – if possible at all. 

Green Cake looks like ordinary concrete but is more environmentally friendly as it re-uses coal ash. It is called ‘cake’ because it is much lighter than concrete, and the blocks are 25 percent cheaper than concrete equivalents.




Our hosts for this month are Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan and me, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

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  1. Simon Falk

    Such as troubled part of the world. When I was in Israel and Palestinian territories in 2010 I felt the force of their millennia old pain. Majid is doing a wonderful thing. May her efforts continue to help the people there in poor troubled Gaza. Thanks for sharing and for co-hosting us.

  2. susan scott

    “A famous quote here reads: ‘You cannot build your future without helping others to build theirs.’ Thanks Inderpreet, this is an amazing quote and story, thank you for sharing it. Green ash – who would have thought? Thanks also for co-hosting this month.

  3. Deborah Drucker

    I am inspired by the story of this young woman and was struck by her quote: “Stereotypes here state that women are not suitable for engineering as it requires hard work and muscles. But physics and mathematics are my passions: I wanted deeply to be an engineer.” She is very courageous to overcome these personal and environmental obstacles. A true Phoenix rising from the ashes.Wish her continued success.

  4. Deborah Weber

    This is such a wonderful and powerful story on so many levels – kudos to Majid Mashharawi for this innovative creation, for her commitment to rebuilding what has been war-torn, and for becoming the engineer she longed to be despite the odds. So many wins, and so much to celebrate.

    Thanks for sharing this story, and for co-hosting this month.

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