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3W map of NGOs and services in Lesvos

Download “Lesvos 3W map NGOs and services 12.07.18 (A3 format):

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Part of my daily work is to reach out the NGOs on Lesvos and see what they are doing. By lack of available updated information online, I decided to work independently, during my time off, on a service mapping answering the question “Who does What and Where?” (3W).

It resulted in a poster with 115 boxes including more than 85 NGOs.

Why a poster?

The medium of the poster has been chosen because information is a full-time work where every new day is a day towards outdated information.
The map being a voluntary work with no financially sustainable perspective, the choice of this medium was a statement-through-work confirming that it would be a one time work with no updates in mind.

Why to do it at first then? Because it was still a perceived need where I could bring a solution as a designer:
– Many people asked for it. A few NGOs and individuals tried to do it with no success. Some succeeded but are lacking the updates they were promising by lack of time, structure to collect update and/or finance.
– The map tries to bring another perspective and therefore avoid using format used by other existing resources. For example UNHCR shares a 3W map categorizing the NGOs by clusters. Therefore it would have been useless for me to do the same map with only more updated information.
PS: after publishing this map, I contacted all the others “map makers” and shared with them a list of edit they should do to their map to be up to date.

My main conviction was to create a work where founders, coordinators and volunteers would get a better bigger picture of the actors on Lesvos in order to improve collaboration and share more relevent information to people. Now that this information is available and easily displayed in a one-sheet-poster, it is people’s job to connect with the NGOs and receive the last updated information they need.
You can find in the comments of the Facebook publication (link bellow), the link to all the NGOs Facebook page presented on the map.

Publication on Facebook group “Information Point for Lesvos Volunteers”:

Access to the post

After one week, the publication on the Facebook group reached 6600+ views, which is 1/3 of the group.
Still the first week, more than 600 people viewed the pdf on Opoiesis.

List of modifications on 12.07.18
(first uploaded on 06.07.18):

– Correction of names: A Drop in the Ocean; Health-Point Foundation; Proyecto Movil Kitchen; Proem-Aid.

– Correction of information: Refugee4Refugees; SAO Association; Help International; Art Bridges.

– Added to the list: Lesvos Lgbtiq+ Refugee Solidarity (Mytilini); Aegean Boat Report (online).

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