Against the Odds

In the sections below we take a look at many brave men and women who are trying – against all odds – to build a future for Palestine.

Palestinian students create vest to help the blind navigate

Palestinian students from the Polytechnic University in Hebron have designed a vest that uses vibration and voice commands to allow the visually impaired to walk without the use of a traditional white cane. “The project constitutes of a vest worn by the visually impaired to help them to integrate into society and communicate…

Palestinian students design robot controlled by smart glove

Computer engineering students Mohammad Zyoud, Mohammad Attiyeh and Suhaib Tawafsheh, from Ramallah, have designed a robot that can be controlled by a smart glove. The glove, using sensors and special electronic equipment, can send specific instructions and move the robot around. Whoever wears the glove has direct control over the robot’s speed and direction. Building…

Gaza doctor creates 3D printed stethoscopes

34 year old Gazan doctor Tarek Loubani has created a low-cost stethoscope with a 3D printer. Dr Loubani was confronted with the lack of medical equipment when he was working at Al Shifa hospital and decided to tackle shortages by designing his own equipment. The stethoscope can be made by a 3D printer for just…

Palestinian refugee schoolgirls invent an electronic sensor cane for the blind

14 year-old Aseel Abu Aleil, Aseel Alshaarand Noor Alarada from Nablus have invented an beeping walking stick for visually impaired people. The stick has a downward-pointing sensor to warn of pot-holes and stairwells, helping blind people find their way in the refugee camps. “The idea of the stick came to us from watching…

Gaza’s first female kindergarten bus driver

40 year-old Salwa Sorour wakes up every morning at 6am to pick up children and drive them to the kindergarten owned by her sister Saeda. She is the first female kindergarten bus driver in Gaza. “Such a job is a taboo for women in Gaza, but I really like it because I…