Crunching to map Mara before next FGM season: you can help

Find yourself bored on a rainy summer night? How about some OSM mapping to end FGM ?

We’ve been mapping the are around Mugumu in Tanzania, where female genital mutilation (FGM) – the tradition that threatens the life and health of women – is still prevalent.

With the help of our online volunteers and an army of recent mapathon mappers, our task on HOT tasking manager, which covers a large proportion of Mara region, is already 65% done!

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Let’s get to 100% before the next cutting season starts in December.

Rhobi Samwelly, the founder of Mugumu Safe House & Vocational Training Center explains why mapping helps her cause:


You can make a difference.

Before we started mapping, there were 1, 522 km of roads in the region of Mara. 

Now there are 7,005 km.

Before we began, there were 2, 807 buildings in the area of Mara.

Now there are 47,480.

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All thanks to a bunch of volunteers with a laptop & a mouse! 

Yep, that’s all you need – and your efforts may help protect thousands of girls from FGM next winter.

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Let’s end FGM through mapping together!

…this work addresses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #3, #4 and #5!


Egle & Janet


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