In homage to one of our favorite holiday tunes, Architecture for Humanity is sharing 12 of our favorite moments of 2012. Day two: our Haiti Rural Mapping Program.
In Haiti, many towns, villages, roads, and waterways are not currently located or cataloged on a map, and settlement patterns are currently roughly estimated through aerial and satellite photography. How better to benefit 500,000 people than by making them maps?
With a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Architecture for Humanity is mapping eleven communes across southern and central Haiti: Cavaillon, Maniche, Mirebalais, Saut d'Eau, Boucan Carre, Lachapelle, Arcahaie, Aquin, St Louis du Sud, Cayes, and Ile a Vache.
After months of work, entire days wandering through villages marking coordinates, the Haiti Rebuilding Center survey team completed the first GPS-based maps ever recorded for these communes.
Images courtesy Architecture for Humanity.