Young women in Tanzania pose and smile for the camera.

Students will work with members of Crowd2Map Tanzania and Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania to improve the map of rural Tanzania so that girls can be better protected from FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

Project description

What is considered by many to be a rite of passage tied to marriage and other important cultural practices can lead to urinary infections, birth complications, and sometimes even death for young women in rural Tanzania. While some girls undergo the illegal practice willingly, many who learn of the major health risks attempt to escape the practice in safe houses. However, the work of FGM activists and the police is severely hampered by the lack of maps of much of rural Tanzania as outlined here.

Through this project, we will help to map rural Tanzania into OpenStreetMap, an open platform like Wikipedia, via specific tasks created on the HOTOSM Tasking Manager. We will also work with FGM survivors and activists like Rhobi Samwelly and her organization Hope to spread the word about the dangers of FGM and how mapping can help protect girls at risk in rural Africa.

Project outcome

  • Students will join a global project and be coached on how to develop their mapping skills towards helping protect girls from FGM via a Slack Channel.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate directly with activists and girls at the Hope Safehouses in Mugumu and Butiama and help promote their stories and advise on their entrepreneurship activities.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Anytime
Start time Flexible
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Other
Who is eligible Everyone
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Truman and Fulbright Scholarships

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Truman Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Janet Chapman

Founder of Map2EndFGM; Campaign Manager

Tanzania Development Trust


To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • If you are new to mapping, please watch the videos in the "Beginners" section of the Missing Map Website to get up and running. 
  • If you've mapped before follow the "Map Now" link, or consider learning to validate. 
  • Upon consultation, you will be connected with the leadership from Map2EndFGM to discuss specific project goals and other details.