I hope everyone is keeping safe in these very challenging times. I returned from 6 weeks in Tanzania a fortnight ago to lockdown in London. I am fortunate here to have reliable electricity, internet, water and a reasonable amount of space. Obviously that is not the situation for many in Tanzania. We are helping to spread messages around hand washing and social distancing where possible in Tanzania.
Schools there are shut and large gatherings banned now, although people continue to go to church and the mosque. We are helping provide access to hand washing facilities and other support for particularly vulnerable groups such as street children. School closures mean the cutting season has started early, and Rhobi is already getting new girls arriving. She has converted the classroom into an isolation room for new arrivals and those with symptoms.
We are also working with Healthsites to update health centre information on openstreetmap where possible. We have postponed field mapping and are concentrating on remote mapping for now. We have had more new mappers who are in lockdown joining us recently and have been holding virtual mapathons.
While in Tanzania we helped organise a very successful event for Open Data Day which you can read about here. We also did follow up training with Rhobi and her staff at the Safe Houses. We also set up 2 new Youthmapper chapters in Musoma and Mwanza and had a stall explaining our work at Innovation Week in Dar es Salaam.
Thank you for your generosity and stay safe in these very challenging times.
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