A month of volunteer involvement in response to COVID-19

A month ago, we launched a program of online activities and remote volunteer missions to support our projects and those of our partners in the context of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. The involvement of our volunteers has been tremendous. Let's take a look at at means concretely!

CartONG is adapting its activities and the support it provides to the aid and social sector at a local, national and international level during the COVID-19 crisis. Our organization remains attentive to the needs of the sector: do not hesitate to contact us if you need information management and mapping support during the pandemic.

To learn more about the work we are doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to read these first two articles (here & here). Also check out the first few resources that we’ve made available on the CartoBlog to help NGOs adapt their data collection, accountability mechanisms and M&E for the duration of the crisis.

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One month ago, we launched remote mapathons in support of the Missing Maps project and of our partner, UNHCR, and Volunteer Happy Hours to introduce the missions available in support of our initiatives and our partners’ projects during the COVID-19 crisis. We wanted to make a first review of what had been done so far and we are truly amazed! Our volunteers have exceeded our expectations with no less than 16 projects already supported!

This is also by far the largest influx of new volunteers at CartONG in such a short period of time that we have ever experienced, and probably also the highest level of collaboration between our staff and volunteer teams.

Thank you to all, experienced and new volunteers alike, for the support! If you would like to volunteer during the lockdown too, see you at the next Volunteer Happy Hour: more information here.

In English:

  • Participatory mapping: 8 sessions, 59 participants including 40 new volunteers
  • Volunteer Happy Hours: 4 meetings, 19 participants including 8 new volunteers
  • Volunteer support: 16 projects, 38 people including 37 new volunteers