In busy Saft Al Laban, Mish Madrasa is finding new ways to promote a healthy environment by constructing a garden in the most unlikely of places: on the roof. While discussing the new garden, Amir was excited to begin: “we will get to learn about science and the earth.” Laughing, Youssef added “and we’ll get to play!”

In partnership with HSBC and American University in Cairo’s Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) program, we built a Green Roof garden with our students and volunteers. A Green Roof is a garden that has become a popular addition to urban rooftops. Mish Madrasa’s Green Roof not only provides fresh food but volnteer teachers plan to teach lessons about plants, science, and teamwork.

The Beginning

Volunteers sat with Mish Madrasa students and teachers to plan the new space. “We wanted to ensure there was enough space for children to learn,” said Mostafa Wafa, Mish Madrasa’s Founder.

“It’s been a great experience working with these children,” said Starr, a vital project coordinator.

When construction was on hold as safety was being assessed, planning continued as students were educated on the importance of the environment and the importance of teamwork. “We have to work together,” said Fatma, “so that our garden will be strong.”

“We want to send our thanks to HSBC, RISE, and AUC,” Mish Madrasa adds. “Without their support, leadership, and guidance, this would not be possible.”