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The Adventures of the Catholic Relief Services Team and Google Earth

Last week we explored Ushahidi as a mapping platform for crises, in particular the earthquake in Rabat, Morocco. More recently we used Google Earth to map the cases we wished to deal with on the ground. After having experience with both platforms, we came to the conclusion that Google Earth offers better resources for our goals. For example, Google Earth provides better visualization of geographic satellite information such as the location of roads and buildings, and paths from aid stations to where it is needed. This was especially useful to us because CRS’ mandate targets the poor and the disaster stricken, who typically live in areas that aren’t mapped. For example, our crowdmap could not provide details of the shantytowns; thus, we felt that Google Earth was much more useful … Read entire article »

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CRS in Morocco

Looking back at our original program design As a reminder, our original program design was to alleviate poverty by: Immediately providing disaster relief to the affected low socio-economic populations in the coastal shantytowns of Rabat and later creating jobs to encourage sustainable economic self-sufficiency. 1. Sending in aid supplies a. Assessing the situation through communication with existing relief organizations b. Using supplies to stimulate the economy such as recirculating money and putting in more money 2. Creating jobs a. temporary relief-oriented jobs b. restarting previous sources of employment and income such as agriculture and the phosphate mining industry. Modifications? Given our lack of experience in Morocco, including language and sociocultural barriers, it proved to be a wise decision to limit our target population to only the low social economic status areas of Rabat. It is difficult to … Read entire article »

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Catholic Relief Services – First Blog Post

Catholic Relief Services first began by examining the overall situation, and coming up with a decision on whether or not to get involved. Based on our mandate and our lack of previous experience in Morocco, we decided we would be more of a hindrance should we attempt to enter the community immediately, and it would be better to carry our projects once the situation was more stabilised. We also decided to focus on a specific target population, the coastal shanty towns of Rabat, in line with our mandate of fighting poverty. We then sought to gain a better understanding of the situation on the ground, from which we could then construct a plan of action to address the most pressing … Read entire article »

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