crowd2map logoCrowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project aiming to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015, we have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap with the help of over 1600 volunteers worldwide and on the ground in Tanzania.

On 13th August, to celebrate the 13th anniversary of OpenStreetMap we are hosting the biggest online mapathon ever to get over 1500 people in one day to help map rural Tanzania. Please get involved here

All you need to do is trace the outline of at least one building in rural Tanzania from a satellite image during that 24 hour period. It is extremely easy! And mapping rural Tanzania into OpenStreetMap benefits everyone for navigation, planning and development.

We are concentrating first on the areas where girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). With zero budget we have so far added over a million buildings and mapped over 70,000 sq kilometres. Having better maps helped prevent 2257 girls from being cut during this year’s “cutting season” and the numbers dying was reduced from 12 to 4.

We were recently awarded a microgrant by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap to train community mappers in 4 areas of Tanzania, and presented this community webinar for them. We have also been featured on Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Missing Maps. We have also set up a Youthmappers Chapter at the Institute of Rural Development and Planning in Mwanza and Dodoma. There is an update of our project here

If you can introduce your friends/family/colleagues to the project even better! Similarly if you can help with promoting it in any way!

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