MAMAPA - Mannheimer Mapathons (Germany) - launched by a member of our Board, began its activity on January 2018, and was officially registered in Germany on August 2018 as a charitable, non-profit association.
MAMAPA consists in organizing mapathons in which German residents and immigrants map in tandem (on a similar approach that the one used in the Maps from here & abroad project). The project is designed to promote the integration of newly arrived immigrants and refugees while simultaneously contributing to humanitarian mapping efforts.
By participating in mapathons - a method proven effective in the field of humanitarian cartography - immigrants have the opportunity to:
Over the course of the 8 mapathons organized in 2018, 49 immigrants from 18 different countries attended, each one participating on average twice. More than half are Syrian refugees, with a good number from Africa, other Asian nations and Latin America as well as a few Europeans. Almost all of the participants have reached the B1 German language level and quite a few are completing C1 in order to accede to university level studies.
You can find more information and updates on the project's website.