Grants:IEG/Editing Maithili Wikipedia/Final

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Welcome to this project's final report! This report shares the outcomes, impact and learnings from the Individual Engagement Grantee's 6-month project.

Part 1: The Project[edit]


In a few short sentences, give the main highlights of what happened with your project. Please include a few key outcomes or learnings from your project in bullet points, for readers who may not make it all the way through your report. We have started our project with the major target of increasing active users to involve in Maithili Wikipedia for knowledge sharing in more effective way. And we have successfully completed our project with the achievements of our set goals. At the end of the project we have got the following outcomes:

  • We have managed to reach almost 6,000 students from 15 schools and colleges.
  • There is significant increment of the number of active users involved in Maithili Wikipedia.
  • Quite big numbers of articles created during the project.
  • Target users get familiar with Wikipedia and it's goals that can help in near future for their effective involvement in wiki projects.
  • We are also able to make participate users from different zones of Nepal.
  • We have also able to form a very energetic and enthusiastic group that can contribute very effectively to Wikimedia projects.

Methods and activities[edit]

What did you do in project?

Please list and describe the activities you've undertaken during this grant. Since you already told us about the setup and first 3 months of activities in your midpoint report, feel free to link back to those sections to give your readers the background, rather than repeating yourself here, and mostly focus on what's happened since your midpoint report in this section.

  • Midway through the project there are lots of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers and users get involved in the project.
  • We have arranged Edit-a-thon on Maithili Wikipedia that in turns help to involve more users and articles creation.
  • We have completed our educational program to all the schools and colleges that we have visited before.
  • We have arranged wiki training session.
  • We have had regular meet ups among our group members.

Outcomes and impact[edit]


What are the results of your project?

Please discuss the outcomes of your experiments or pilot, telling us what you created or changed (organized, built, grew, etc) as a result of your project.

  • With the creation of Facebook page more users from different region get involved in Maithili Wikipedia.
  • We have got our major achievements through the educational program that we have completed that significantly helps to increase number of users.
  • Completion of Edit-a-thon also help us to involve more users in Maithili Wikipedia.

Progress towards stated goals[edit]

Please use the below table to:

  1. List each of your original measures of success (your targets) from your project plan.
  2. List the actual outcome that was achieved.
  3. Explain how your outcome compares with the original target. Did you reach your targets? Why or why not?
Planned measure of success
(include numeric target, if applicable)
Actual result Explanation
5,000 article created or modified over the entire project duration. 5,400 articles We have reached the target of 5,000 article
15 active editors more than 20 Yes we have more than 15 active editors as of now.
100 articles about Mithila Culture, History, Rituals and places. 120+ We have created over 100+ articles of Mithila region.

Think back to your overall project goals. Do you feel you achieved your goals? Why or why not?

Global Metrics[edit]

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across all grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the "Global Metrics." We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" as often as necessary.

  1. Next to each metric, list the actual numerical outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for a research project which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. Number of active editors involved 6
2. Number of new editors 40 to 50 More than 300 users account created during the Editing Maithili Wikipedia project.
3. Number of individuals involved 20 This reflects the total number of participants involved in the Editing Maithili Wikipedia.
4. Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages
5. Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 5000+ With the help of active and new users of Maithili Wikipedia, we have successfully reached the massive target of 5,00 article creation/modification.
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects N/A

Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
  • Initially as proposed on the project page we are aimed to increase the number of articles and active users on Maithili Wikipedia. Our work increased the motivation and enthusiasm of contributors. Most of our participants did not have a Wikipedia account and did not participate in any article creation or improving. By the end of our project, individual editors were able edit independently. Now most of the are editing Maithili Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

Indicators of impact[edit]

Do you see any indication that your project has had impact towards Wikimedia's strategic priorities? We've provided 3 options below for the strategic priorities that IEG projects are mostly likely to impact. Select one or more that you think are relevant and share any measures of success you have that point to this impact. You might also consider any other kinds of impact you had not anticipated when you planned this project.

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • We instructed many new contributors to Wikipedia, many of which became regular contributors for at least several months onward.

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • We have created some high quality articles and stubs as well as hundred images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • All people who heard about our project learned more about Wikipedia as a source of information, or as an opportunity.

Project resources[edit]

Please provide links to all public, online documents and other artifacts that you created during the course of this project. Examples include: meeting notes, participant lists, photos or graphics uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, template messages sent to participants, wiki pages, social media (Facebook groups, Twitter accounts), datasets, surveys, questionnaires, code repositories... If possible, include a brief summary with each link.


The best thing about trying something new is that you learn from it. We want to follow in your footsteps and learn along with you, and we want to know that you took enough risks in your project to have learned something really interesting! Think about what recommendations you have for others who may follow in your footsteps, and use the below sections to describe what worked and what didn’t.

What worked well[edit]

What did you try that was successful and you'd recommend others do? To help spread successful strategies so that they can be of use to others in the movement, rather than writing lots of text here, we'd like you to share your finding in the form of a link to a learning pattern.

What didn’t work[edit]

What did you try that you learned didn't work? What would you think about doing differently in the future? Please list these as short bullet points.

  • Schools and Colleges were running their examination and closed for the summer so we had challenges reaching the students.
  • Students participation was a challenge. Students were very enthusiastic about the cause, but this does not guarantee their participation.
  • Writing in Unicode was also a challenge for the newbies student.

Other recommendations[edit]

If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please list them here.

Next steps and opportunities[edit]

Are there opportunities for future growth of this project, or new areas you have uncovered in the course of this grant that could be fruitful for more exploration (either by yourself, or others)? What ideas or suggestions do you have for future projects based on the work you’ve completed? Please list these as short bullet points.

  • We are planning to run the program up into other cities outside the Rajbiraj.
  • Our own Community space.

Think your project needs renewed funding for another 6 months?

Part 2: The Grant[edit]


Actual spending[edit]

Please copy and paste the completed table from your project finances page. Check that you’ve listed the actual expenditures compared with what was originally planned. If there are differences between the planned and actual use of funds, please use the column provided to explain them.

First Phase Approved Budget[edit]

Number Category Item description Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
1 Projector On rent 12,500 12,500 NPR
2 Internet Charge 10,000 10,000 NPR
3 Water, Juices and Lunch Participants students 75,250 75,250 NPR
4 Transportation 5,750 5,750 NPR
5 Stationery Items 1,500 1,500 NPR
Total 1,05,000 1,05,000 NPR

Second Phase Approved Budget[edit]

Number Category Item description Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
1 Projector On rent 1,500 1,500 NPR
2 Back Drop 1,500 1,500 NPR
3 Token of Appreciation Guests and MWUG volunteers 3,000 3,000 NPR
4 Snacks, Beverages and Venue Charge Felicitation Program 14,000 14,000 NPR
5 Certificates 100 pcs (Volunteers, attendees and participants) 3,000 3,000 NPR
6 Prizes Bag, T-shirts, Cups and Dictionary 38,500 38,500 NPR
7 Stationery Items 1,000 1,000 NPR
8 Courier and telephone charges 1,000 1,000 NPR
9 Unforeseen Expenses 6,500 6,500 NPR
Total 70,000 70,000 NPR

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any unspent funds from the grant?

Please answer yes or no. If yes, list the amount you did not use and explain why.

  • No. We have outstanding amount of 7,500 NPR.

If you have unspent funds, they must be returned to WMF. Please see the instructions for returning unspent funds and indicate here if this is still in progress, or if this is already completed:

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 7,500 NPR / US$65 were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/Biplab Anand/Wikipedia Education program in Rajbiraj.


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grantsadmin(_AT_), according to the guidelines here?

Please answer yes or no. If no, include an explanation.

  • Yes

Documentation of expenditures has been received by WMF.

Confirmation of project status[edit]

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?

Please answer yes or no.

  • Yes

Is your project completed?

Please answer yes or no.

  • Yes

Grantee reflection[edit]

We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on what this project has meant to you, or how the experience of being an IEGrantee has gone overall. Is there something that surprised you, or that you particularly enjoyed, or that you’ll do differently going forward as a result of the IEG experience? Please share it here!

  • We have had an amazing experience working on the grant. We’ve got great support from Marti, our program officer. The IEG gives us opportunity to provide our Wiki knowledge among students and professors. We are honored to be part of this.