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Our Team

The Map Kibera team is continually engaged in mapping projects in Kibera, Nairobi and across Kenya. Our active mappers are inked to OSM accounts muindre fondolucy Peter Agenga kamirisam. Please get in touch with any questions or comments, through our user pages or by email to contact at mapkibera dot org.

Mapping Projects

OpenSchoolsKenya Project

In 2014 Map Kibera kicked off a project dubbed open schools kenya. The goal of the project was to build up on the already existing map of schools in Kibera. This included collecting extra information about the schools such as number of students both male and female, number of teachers both male and female. Whether the school is registered, accessibility of the school and many more. After 3 months of extensive mapping, we managed to map over 350 schools in Kibera and created the first website of schools in Kibera After the succesful work in Kibera there was a need to scale up the work to other regions of Nairobi, one of the areas that we mapped was Mathare slum. This was done in collaboration with students from University of Nairobi through the Youth Mappers programme. As part of scaling up the work, we recently moved to kangemi, this was through recommendation from the area Member of Parliament who has been a main user of the Open Schools Kenya website.


Community forums

Before starting the mapping exercise we had several meetings with different administration offices that are in charge of the area this include the office of the area Member of parliament, District Education Officer for Westalands constituency, the assistant county commisioner for Westlands sub county and the head of non formal schools association schools in Kangemi. We also some of the schools heads and shared about the work that we'll be conducting in the area. After that we did a one week baseline survey to interview parents on which important information could be relevant to them in regards to education.


The training took place in Kangemi and focus topics were on the tools that we would be using in the field. The teams that was being trained comprised of youths selected from different wards in Kangemi division. The training kicked off with a session on how to collect data using OpenDataKit app.This included how to set up the app and how to fill in the survey form while in the fiels. The trainees were also trained on how to edit the data that they will in the field using JOSM and later upload the data to OpenStreetMap.

Remote mapping

In preparation to the field mapping, Map Kibera created a task on hot tasking manager to trace buildings in Kangemi and Kibagare slum.


The following is the list of tags that we were using:

  • education:curriculum=
  • accessibility=
  • admission:fee=
  • amenity=school
  • building:classrooms=
  • building:material=
  • building:number_of_floors=
  • building:roof=
  • contact:address=
  • contact:email=
  • contact:phone=
  • education:bom_employed=
  • education:bom_how_many=
  • education:exam_affiliate=
  • education:exam_center=
  • education:exam_fee=
  • education:extra_drama=
  • education:extra_music=
  • education:extra_scouts=
  • education:extra_sports=
  • education:fees=
  • education:fees_level_1=
  • education:fees_per_year=
  • education:gender_type=
  • education:government_grants=
  • education:government_registered=
  • education:lunch_fee=
  • education:management_committee=
  • education:mean_score=
  • education:nemis_code=
  • education:operate_as=
  • education:parents_teachers_association=
  • education:program_counselling=
  • education:program_feeding=
  • education:program_orphans=
  • education:sanitary_towel_distribution=
  • education:school_head=
  • education:special_needs=
  • education:students=
  • education:students_female=
  • education:students_male=
  • education:teachers=
  • education:teachers_female=
  • education:teachers_male=
  • education:teachers_trained=
  • education:trip_fee=
  • education:type=
  • electricity:operational_status=
  • image:classroom=
  • image:compound=
  • name=
  • operator:description=
  • operator:type=
  • toilet:boys_toilet=
  • toilet:girls_toilet=
  • toilet:present=
  • toilet:teachers=
  • water:hand_wash_facility=
  • water:source_of_water=