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.

Mahmoud Shaheen – Solar-powered wheels!

Palestinians in Gaza have limited access to electricity, with power outages lasting for up to 18 hours a day. This has a debilitating affect on almost every aspect of life. Hospitals are prevented from using equipment to treat patients and families are deprived from the simplest necessities, such as warming…

Imad al-Khalidi – A cement-substitute for a besieged strip

Gaza has been subjected to three major Israeli assaults in the last seven years, all while under blockade. Because of this, reconstruction materials do not enter the Strip. As a result of “Operation Protection Edge” in 2014, 100,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and reconstruction remains largely non-existent. Al-Khalidi developed…

Mohammed Quraiqe – The 13 year old artist

The majority of children in Gaza are suffering from high levels of ongoing traumatic stress. Repeated trauma means that very few children can recover from the physical and psychological symptoms. Although art supplies in Gaza are rare, Quraiqe began to paint by often using coffee, sand and glue. His work…

Afnan Hamad – The Eco-Warrior

Nearly half of Palestinians in the West Bank live below the poverty line. Families are often forced to forego commodities such as fuel in order to afford food and water. Afnan Hamad is a student from Ramallah in the West Bank. She invented a machine that converts plastic waste found…