We recently brought Biarri Network’s Positive Impact program to work both far and near, helping out with efforts closely aligned to our values.
On one hand, we applied our skills that we use every day to humanitarian efforts in one of the world’s poorest areas. On the other hand, we again visited one of our favourite local charities to put in some hard labour helping families in distress in our community.
Missing Maps: Improving access to healthcare in Douentza, Mali
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, or HOT, allows people all over the world to help with humanitarian mapping. Many poor places in the world have little to no detail in Open Street Map. When this detail is filled in aid organisations can better respond to humanitarian emergencies in those areas.
Our Brisbane team worked with HOT on a Médecins Sans Frontières project in Mali. The malaria season and annual hunger gap was due to start soon, plus there is conflict in the region. We spent an afternoon putting shapes we saw on Bing Aerial Imagery and classified them as a Buildings.
Our team felt at home on tasks relevant to our own work, and satisfied with our contribution on humanitarian efforts a global scale.
Helping at at St Kilda Mums
Our Melbourne team recently return to one of our favourite charities – St Kilda Mums – as part of our commitment to giving back to local community.
St Kilda Mums is dependent on the generosity of volunteers to attain their mission of a future where we waste less, share more and care for every child. They achieve this by rehoming new and pre-loved baby goods and nursery equipment to families in need.
We spent the day cleaning, sorting and safety checking donations of baby equipment and clothes SKM had received from the public.
A big thanks to SKM and our Biarri team for a job well done.