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18 January 2011 Last updated at 00:20 GMT Until recently, what is often billed as one of Africa's largest slums - Kibera, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi - was a blank spot on official maps. But a group of volunteers have been training young people living there to create their own digital map of the area. The result is the first complete map of Kibera, which it is hoped can form the basis of plans to improve the area and the lives of its residents.
Kianda Statistics Topography Village perimeter: 2 km Village area: 0,16 sqKm Maximum length (as the crow flies): 780 m Minimum length (as the crow flies): 150 m Highest point (above the see level): 1766 m Lowest point (above the see level): 1736 m Demographics Population: 15,219 Density: 95,120 people per sq km Estimated population in Kibera: 235,000-270,000 people Families: 6.021 (2.5 people per family) Children: 6,918 (45.5% of the population; 1.15 children per family) Adults: 8,296 (54,5% of the population; 1.4 adults per family) Women: 3,208 (21.1% of the pop.; 38.7% of adults) Men: 5,088 (33.4% of the pop,; 61.3% of adults) Married living in Kianda as a couple: 4,558 (54,9% of adults) Married couples living in Kianda: 2,279 Married living alone in Kianda: 531 (6.4%) Single: 2,689 (32.4%) Single parents: 518 (6.24%) Tribes (number of families) Luo: 2,196 (36.5%) Kisii: 689 (11.5%) Luhya: 661 (11.0%) Kamba: 427 (7.1%) Gikuyu: 247 (4.1%) Other tribes or unknown: 1,801 (29.8%)
As part of the Future of Health report published last week, we interviewed key innovators during our research to illuminate ideas and innovation developing in healthcare. Map Kibera is an open-source project started in 2009 in response to the lack of information available for the Kibera district of Nairobi, Kenya – one of the world’s largest slums. The majority of Nairobi is geographically documented for health, education, and sanitation purposes, but these basic requirements are neglected without any mapping to guide the municipal infrastructure.
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Project William Underhill Detail of current Kibera plan, from mapkibera.org . Wise visitors to Kibera take a guide. Sprawling across more than 500 acres on the edge of Nairobi, the settlement ranks as one of Africa’s largest and poorest slums.
Day 365 -1 Map of Kibera, Kenya I have done some work with MapKibera and am blown away with their work (you can link to my Nairobi Notebook post on them at pradical.org). One thing I hope to do as I build toward my thesis is to find literature and other media on youth focused/led mapping projects. MapKibera fits the bill perfectly.