Microgrants/Microgrants 2020/Proposal/Introducing Rwanda on the Map

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Introducing Rwanda on the Map
mapping of rwanda health centers and highways and adding villages names on OpenStreetMap
budget (Euro)2880
contact(s)• erneste1100@gmail.com• +250783486141
organization (if applicable)• erneruzi@gmail.com

About your Mapping Community

We the mappers is a community of 35 mappers based in Rwanda, we are basically graduates from different universities but focused on geospatial Technology, it is made up of former YouthMappers who were contributing on osm during at the university and now are members of OSM Rwanda. We do different geospatial asks and volunteer to osm, from last year we have seen the issue of luck of data in Rwanda and we decided to contribute to production of free open data that anyone can access especially private and government intuitions, we know that this project will be the solution for many Rwandans who are in geospatial technology and this will boost the use of OSM in Rwanda. we work as private community but in terms of osm we are volunteering we want many people in Rwanda to access data, free of charge and quality of data as much as we can, there is a need of this data in the universities and different institutions.

Tell us a little bit about your mapping community at the moment, some examples of details to include are below, but please provide us with any information you think is relevant. Please write 100-200 words

What do you need the grant money for?

We want to understand what you plan to buy, how much you plan to buy, and why this will help you to scale your community mapping efforts. There are two tables for you to fill in your response, and you may add more rows as needed. Some examples are in the table for your reference. You are welcome to use a different format in your response, but please make sure to include these details.

WeMappers and OSM Rwanda are committed to map health facilities and highways on OSM. From January 2020  started the project of adding the health facilities of Rwanda to OSM, our focus is to produce data that can be linked with village names that can help anyone to access the health services, and in this project we are interested in adding village names, health centers and connecting highways. We are expecting to see local population and government, ministry of health and ministry of local government in a need of those data as they are needed for problem solving. This is the project we stated just for helping Rwandans and basic services on the map, we have also decided to integrate the way of adding villages names because in Rwanda the government have changed local administrative boundaries and names, this has left Rwanda many places un named on the map, our roads and highways are not mapped and people can’t get the data, we want this data to be availed to anyone just to make osm usable and friendly in Rwanda

The use of money

  • Adding villages names to osm and existing health centers
  •  To host webinars on data collection and mapping.
  • To host online meetings with local Mappers and demonstrate hands-on workshops on data collection using kobo collector and OSM.
  • To held individual developing workshops on the adding surveyed accurate data to OSM using JOSM.
  •  To promote project information in social networks, local media, in specialized groups, etc.
  • To create a separate portal site to display the results of joint activities and the ability to connect interested organizations.

Budget breakdown

Give your budget breakdown here. If you would like to present your budget in a tabular format, you can use this tool to convert your spreadsheet into a wikitable and paste the code below here

Item What do you plan to spend the money on? Expected cost per unit (in Euros) Quantity you plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (in Euros) Why is it needed? (Please give as much detail as possible.)
1 Internet bundles €120 6 months €720 The biggest part of this project will be done online were we are holding mapathons and webinars, we are also training people who to add village names on osm
2 Transport during validation of health centers of north province where we are not sure €500 2 month €1000 The health centers in northern province are not mapped anywhere so that we can base on the available data , we will need to map them with GPS and validation where possible , this is why we need transport to the field
3 Lunch for 10 data collectors in northern province 200 2 months €400 People who will collect data in northern province will need launch and water during data collection as this place is far.
5 Advertising on social networks and media €300 1 month €300 Creation of thematic information, pull up , t-shirts, posts on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Viber and in local IT media
6 Incentive Prizes €100 once €100 The best participants will be given motivations in terms of , cups, t-shirts, notebooks etc
9 Administrative Costs €60 6 months €360 Meeting with local and central authority in discussing of the promotion of data and the technology, Cost for administrative and clerical support

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

If I receive this funding I will increase the quantity of data expected to produce, we were targeting the highways connecting only the main towns around the health facilities but if we get this funding we will increase the level as they are needed by many people who are using OSM in Rwanda.  We will increase the training sessions from group members to other people interested in using OpenStreetMap, the university students especially Youth, we will make sure the data produced will be used for high quality which is beneficial to all osm users and hope that once those data will be validated they will be applauded to maps.me so that local population will be able to use this data

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

If you receive funding from other organisations currently, please state how much this is, whether the donations are regular or one off, and how these funds have been raised. Please write no more than 300 words. If you have any sources of co-funding for this grant application, please provide details. Examples of this might be if you have any partners who would be willing to match grant funding if you receive it, or if your project has existing funding. Please provide as much detail as possible.


Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

none but training materials would be nice and certificates of volunteers after the project If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

Erneste Ntakobangize


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

I endorse this project that is both community-related and educational and also to collect missing data. dbf_ [1]

  • I endorse this proposal. – Craig Allan I support the clear statement of OSM community development activities in "The use of money" sub section.

Growth of the OSM community in Rwanda is a +. I endorse this project.Wava Stella