Map Kibera’s Response to Covid-19

by: April 10th, 2020 comments: 0

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As cases of coronavirus continue to mount in Kenya, Map Kibera has launched the Kenya Covid-19 Tracker. The tracker uses Ushahidi’s platform to track cases throughout the country, related news, and key initiatives underway to help citizens. Map Kibera has details on many Kibera-related resources, and is working with other organizations to include country-wide efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus and address hardships of the social restrictions. 

92434380_2887902521267176_4612293915213561856_oMeanwhile, the Kibera News Network team has several initiatives underway:

  • Covering the pandemic’s effects on video, and how it is affecting people in Kibera;
  • Sharing out information and dispelling rumors via their WhatsApp broadcast group (to join, save +254794590404 to your phone and type us your name). Residents are asking questions to KNN about the virus, and KNN shares out daily updates on case tallies and latest government initiatives, health advice, resources, etc.
  • A new Humans of Kibera series with opinions and quotes from people about Covid.

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Using the Covid Tracker, Map Kibera and the KNN team are mapping not only new Covid-19 cases daily, but also work that organizations and individuals throughout the country are doing to try to help during this outbreak, like distributing food and face masks, setting up hand-washing stations,  and more. Initiative leaders can also submit their own posts about what they are doing. Map Kibera is additionally mapping news items related to the virus, like articles from major new sources and tweets and social media. We are verifying all posts.

We want organizations to share their own work too using our tracker. Several Kenyan organizations are already using it to map their own work. Click here to share a resource with us!

We’ve set up a Global Giving fundraising page for these efforts. Please check it out here and support us if you can!

International Open Data Day at Kibera Town Centre

by: March 11th, 2020 comments: 0

To mark the International Open Data Day, Map Kibera, on Saturday 7th March, took the initiative of hosting a half day forum in order to discuss Open Data with partner organizations, community leaders and members not only from Kibera but the larger Nairobi area. The aim of the event was to try and simplify the concept of open data to the grassroots level, and further promote the use of open data among the community members in order to promote data driven development.

Participants following up on the session keenly

Participants following up on the session keenly

The event kicked off with Zack Wambua, who is Mapping Coordinator at Map Kibera, talking about the importance of Open Data. He highlighted examples of Open Data and the importance of having open data such as giving clear information and containing rumors and making data accessible and reachable.

Sharon Omojah represented OSM (Open Street Map) Kenya and explained to those who had attended what OSM Kenya is and the work it does. She gave an example of the Mapathon as one of OSM Kenya activities. She also explained the benefits of being a member of OpenStreetMap as more questions were asked about OSM Kenya mission and whether trainees were awarded certificates after OSM trainings. She stated that the OSM Kenya mission is to have an updated map of Kenya and yes, certificates are awarded after trainings.

Sharon presenting about OSM Kenya.

Sharon presenting about OSM Kenya.

Zack Wambua took the attendees through how Map Kibera started. He explained Kibera was just a blank sport on the government map and there was need to have a detailed map of Kibera to show that there’s life in Kibera, and that’s where Map Kibera stepped in to provide the first map of Kibera, which has since been reproduced thematically. Map Kibera uses OpenStreetMap because it is open and accessible.

Zack talked about Open Schools Kenya, how it can be accessed and the information one can find when searching for a particular school from the website. People could see an example of a printed Open Schools map on the wall. There was a suggestion to map the Kibera population which has been a controversial issue for long.

The attendees also watched a small video done in Kibera asking people on the street about what they know about Open Data. Zack led a small exercise on what people had learnt from the video and what they thought of the answers given on Open Data.

There was a breakout session where the forum split into 3 groups to discuss the Open Data rising questions among them, why there weren’t many people who have attended Open Data forums. Most of the audience had an idea of what open data entails and even went ahead to share some of their experiences like accessing census data, and the country’s financial budget among others.

One of the group discussing about Open data, during the breakout sessions

One of the group discussing about open data, during the breakout sessions

Discussions followed on the benefits of open data and accessibility, where we had an example of how Kenya Urban Roads Authority had hid the data of possible people to be displaced by the road cutting through Kibera.

The last session of the day was led by Lucy, where she introduced the participants to Maps.Me and OpenStreetMap. She did a step by step demonstration of how to map new points as well as how to upload them to OpenStreetmap. Majority of the participants were excited that they can now be able to add new map features of their neighborhood. Since this an extensive course, there was a request that Map Kibera should organize more training on open mapping of which most participants have already registered for it.

Among the recommendations were organizing for more sensitization forums and further defining open data in a simpler way that can be understood by ordinary citizens. There is also is a need to conduct more training on open data platforms in order to promote open data in the community.


Humans of Kibera arrives on Instagram!

by: December 12th, 2019 comments: 0

Humans of Kibera (HOK), born on Tumblr to tell unique stories of people living in Kibera slum from their own perspective, is now growing!

Following the current trends in social media in Kenya, the program has been recently introduced on Instagram under the Map Kibera account!

Follow us also on Instagram to get to know
the Humans of Kibera and their personal unique stories!

Thanks to these studies it is possible to create training programs that help rejuvenate the heart and keep it healthy. If you want to see the results for yourself, don’t wait for old age. It is not possible to change the state of health of the cardiovascular system in a month or even in a year. Currently, scientists say it takes at least 2 years of training for the heart to be rejuvenated.

Humans of Kibera

Many stories matter.
Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign.
But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.
Stories can break the dignity of a people.
But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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