Map Kibera helps launch new Youth Mappers chapters at Kenyan Universities

by: April 11th, 2017 comments: 0

In October 2016, Map Kibera helped found a chapter at University of Nairobi of Youth Mappers, a project supported by USAID’s GeoCenter which aims to see more university students learn to use OpenStreetMap globally. Students worked on field mapping of basic infrastructure and features such as water points, toilets, health centers, schools, and other public facilities in the Mathare slum with members of Map Mathare.

The participating students were from various University of Nairobi departments including the Department of Geospatial and Space Technology, the Department of Geography, the School of Business, School of International Development, and Center for Urban Research and Innovation. To see a brief interview of some students during the training session, click this link.

The Youth Mappers blog

The Youth Mappers blog

The following month, Map Kibera took a trip to Eldoret’s Moi University to train the Geography students Youth Mappers association of Moi University about OpenStreetMap.

The first day, after an introduction by Sharon, the student leader of the Moi University, Lucy Fondo presented about Map Kibera Trust and its work through the years in the slum of Kibera and in other Nairobi’s informal settlements. Then, Joshua Owino of Map Kibera team mentioned the other projects such as the YouTube channel news of Kibera News Network, the SMS reporting platform Voice of Kibera and the photo storytelling Humans of Kibera and how they are used as citizen journalism tools to tell more stories about issues highlighted on the maps.

During the session, Phylister Mutinda from University of Nairobi shared her personal testimony about Youth Mappers experience during the University of Nairobi chapter: “This program helped me a lot for my studies. It was a good opportunity of practice what I’ve learned in theoretical classes about field mapping”.

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Lucy Fondo presenting about Map Kibera Trust

Josh Ogure talking to the students

Joshua Owino talking about the Map Kibera projects

Later, Zack Wambua introduced the Youth Mappers programme and OpenStreetMap platform. It’s important to create a network of students who share their own personal experiences on mapping, using the free open source map OSM in order to create spatial data that is free and available for everyone to download and to use for their specific work”, he stated.

After a brief presentation of the whole training, the students were able to create their own OSM accounts.

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Zack Wambua introducing the Youth Mappers programme and OpenStreetMap

The second day, the practical training started with Zack Wambua in one of the GIS Laboratories of the University. He demonstrated how they can contribute to OSM both through the ID editor, a web based editor, and the JOSM offline software to add map features, such as point of interest, roads, rivers, buildings and boundaries. Later, the students were able to practice with a mapping exercise in groups to map buildings and roads of the main campus.

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Lucy Fondo during the training

Later this year, Map Kibera plans to return to train the students in a field mapping exercise in an unmapped informal settlement of Eldoret.

Watch the final video of Kibera News Network about the training at Moi University:

LINDI FIRE THAT LEFT AROUND 3O FAMILIES HOMELESS

by: March 27th, 2017 comments: 0

On 17th March fire has erupted, destroying properties in Lindi near Mashimoni Squaters School. Around thirty families were left homeless.

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Some victims viewing at their burnt houses

Recently other two fire incidents were reported in Gatwekera and Laini Saba respectively. Fire incidents are usually reported about three per month in Kibera. The main causes of fire range from electricity faults to gas explosions, to domestic incidents or in some cases has been alleged they could be caused deliberately by people with hidden motives. In this particular Lindi case, the fire is said to have been caused by an electricity fault.

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The electricity pole in the middle of the burnt houses

After the resonance of the KNN photos on Social Media, the office of Kibra MP Ken Okoth contacted KNN and promised some assistance to the affected families:

Tomorrow 18th March 2017, the office of Kibra Member of Parliament Hon. Kenneth Okoth will donate Blankets and Mattresses to victims of Lindi Ward. The office also asked Mashimoni Squarters Primary to accommodate the affected families tonight, and till the day affected families will structure their homes.

The day after, the KNN team went back to witness the aftermath of the fire and talked with some of the victims. “The fire started when I was outside and since I have a broken leg, I couldn’t run in and save anything. I really appreciate that the MP office have brought us some blankets and mattresses, but only if they could help us rebuild out houses, that would be great, because now finding a house in Kibera is very difficult. In my condition I can’t walk to search for a new house and I have two children”, said Marion Ashioya.

During the distribution of the mattresses and the blankets, George Otieno, representative of the Constituency Emergency and Response Affairs, stated:  “We have helped over thirty people, we brought them some blankets and mattresses so they can find something to start with. I would like to ask the County Government to ensure that each Sub-county has its own fire engine that can help in such cases. However, the landlords buildings here must also leave enough space that can enable fire engine to penetrate, save lives and properties.

The Mashimoni Squartes Primary has hosted fifteen people since the first night, while the other affected families are hosted by neighbours as they work to rebuild their own houses.

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At the distribution of the blankets and matresses

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George Otieno from the office of MP leads the distribution process

Map Kibera takes part in White House mapathon!

by: July 7th, 2016 comments: 0

On Tuesday, Map Kibera and members of Tunapanda, a Kibera-based IT training school, held a mapathon in Nairobi to support the White House Mapathon, happening today.

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Zach Wambua of Map Kibera demonstrates remote mapping on HOT Tasking Manager to Tunapanda’s team. (CC-by-SA)

The White House Mapathon celebrates the role of open mapping in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants actively map for malaria prevention in Mozambique via HOT Task 1988. The event is being hosted by the President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, and the Peace Corps, with support from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

Courtney Clark of the US Peace Corps introduces the White House Mapathon, image of Map Kibera/Tunapanda

Courtney Clark of the US Peace Corps introduces the White House Mapathon, with image of Map Kibera/Tunapanda’s mapping.