Camila Santos, 26 years, wiki-reporter.
Dear friends and sponsors of Wikimapa project,
First Wikimapa team would like to reinforce our best wishes for this new year and share our hopes for a great year of joy, solidarity, partnership and social change.
It´s a great honor to be part of Global Giving system and for Wikimapa it´s very important to see our evolution and achieved results shared with all of you!
Since our last report, sent on November of 2011, a lot of points of interest we´re mapped within Complexo do Alemao slum, our focus area for this first expansion stage. Our big wiki-reporter team, formed by 16 young boys and girls residents from the slum is being responsible to map vocations, identify resources and spread information regarding their slum for the whole world, by tagging new places, mapping unmapped streets and making wikimapa system well known and used by local people! Little by little Rede Jovem coordination team is seeing a dream coming true, with the help of local youth!
Now, We´d like to share few words about the team and a little about some stories shared by them on a daily blog (that you can follow at http://blog.wikimapa.org.br/ with some testimonials and great content about local people and events, only in Portuguese).
Luanna Souza, 20 years, wiki-reporter, resident of Complexo do Alemão, on December 20th posted nice pics and told to all wikimapa followers about a very nice and new local event that gathers artists and residents to a jam session, soiree or just a party with poetry, photography, workshops, music, dance and even a local fair based upon solidarity economy concept, with nice and innovative products as a great alternative for Christmas presents! See more on http://blog.wikimapa.org.br/?author=15.
To wrap up this post/report and keep it short We´d only like to share a very impacting testimonial sent today by Camila Santos, 26 years, wiki-reporter, resident of Complexo do Alemao slum since her birth, explaining in her words what is a wiki-reporter and how this experience impacts her life:
“You have taught me a new way of understanding and seeing my community; First wikimapa bug/seed bite me, poisoned me and so I started to feel responsible for contaminating more and more people. The idea of using mobile technology to identify positive aspects or the best of what we have in our community make us grow and move forward together (us and the community). This because after mapping interesting points we stimulate the access and use of the system and obviously everyone wants to check the results available on the website. But being a wiki-reporter is first of all to be a leader for after being trained we have to develop abilities and improve our way of dealing with challenges and also a little bit malicious as we´re dealing with people. For me this is a unique experience and this is the only project that we have to identify and cast good things within one of the slums already considered as most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro”.
Help us keep Wikimapa alive and improve our technology by enabling the creation of new versions of Wikimapa technology to other Operating Systems - such as Android and IOS -. Be yourself a wiki-reporter by using your knowledge to enlarge our references on the map and help us improve our technology and methodology by donating any amount to our project. Check out our donations options to see which best fits your possibilities! You can be part of this process and help us promote social change through mobile technology and local knowledge!