Fundraising 2011/Karthik Letter/si

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On the day a terrorist attack ripped through the heart of my city, Wikipedia changed my life.

The 2011 bombings in Mumbai made international headlines, but at the moment the crisis struck, there was no straightforward information about what had happened.

I knew I couldn’t be the only one looking for answers. So I went out to take photos, uploaded a map I pasted together, and made sure the Wikipedia article on the incident would help people make sense of the chaos.

Since then, I’ve made thousands of edits to Wikipedia articles. My experience that day on Wikipedia made my passion for photojournalism clear, and I’ve followed that path ever since.

I felt so grateful for Wikipedia, and when I learned how it stays online, I donated 250 rupees to do my part. Will you make a donation to keep this valuable resource available around the world?

Wikipedia enables us to share the world. With 470 million different visitors every month, it’s revolutionized the way we consume and spread information – sometimes even down to the moment it happens.

And it does it all for free – with zero ads, under 1,000 servers and fewer than 100 staff.

That’s amazing. Just look at Google or Facebook. They have hundreds of thousands of servers and tens of thousands of staff.

It’s no wonder Wikipedia is the 5th most popular and most visited site online. And it’s also no wonder why they need support every year from people like me and you.

Will you pitch in $5, $20, $50 or whatever you think Wikipedia is worth to you?


Karthik Nadar
Wikipedia author