Fundraising 2012/Translation/Ravan Appeal

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Today, there is a gap between the developing world and the developed world. It's not about money, and it's not about power. It's about knowledge.

If you follow the news, you know about the Arab Spring. For young people like me and my friends, it was the beginning of a new era. As momentous events happened, we were obsessed with the news, following up second by second. We were checking our phones, Facebook, Twitter.

And I was writing on Wikipedia. I love Wikipedia because it's impartial; it's the best source for up-to-date information from a neutral point of view. I looked at CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, searching for the most reliable sources. Then I added updates in real time.

It's incredible. For the first time in history, everyone could know what was happening, as it happened. We could share the truth with people across the world.

We want a world that is more open, more educated, and more free. We want a world where knowledge is available to anyone that seeks it.

It's time for us to change our world. Will you help?


Ravan is a 26-year-old telecom engineer. Originally from Iraq. Her hobbies include reading, reading, and more reading. She reads everything, from newspapers to novels. And when she learns something new, she writes about it on Arabic Wikipedia. She's catalogued the famous works of Leonardo da Vinci; she's written about each one of the 64 moons of Jupiter. Her efforts help increase the amount of information available to Arabic speakers online.