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Project Goal: To make Wikipedia accessible to persons without internet connectivity.

Description of actual activities: This project started in early 2011, where volunteers went to schools in Kenya to install and train students and teachers how to use offline Wikipedia.

What lessons were learned that could help others succeed in similar projects?

  • Pre-visits are crucial to the success of this project.
  • Ensure that the content is locally-relevant to acheive high impact.
  • Most schools do not have official websites/online contacts -- so that means that we had to undertake F2F meetings, or do a followup by phone.
  • The Kiwix software needs to be simplified even further, so that anyone can be able to install it easily without facing any technical difficulties.
  • Getting volunteers to undertake the training & installation across schools is the easy part. The hard part is getting volunteers who will localize the content.
  • A post mortem of the feedback can be found here

What impact did the project have on WMF mission goals of Increased Reach, Increased Quality, Increased Credibility, Increased and Diversified Participation?

  • Increased reach to Kenyans without internet access ~30 schools.

Detail of expenditures:

Documentation of expenditures has been received by WMF.

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of {{{amount}}} were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Abbas Mahmood/Wikipedia for Schools Launch.


Item Cost
Previsit 15000 KES
Transport 12500 KES
Communication 4800 KES
Accommodation 54000 KES
Car rental 27000 KES
Lunch 18000 KES
Total Expenditure 131000 KES


Item Cost
Previsit 14500 KES
Transport 14400 KES
Accommodation 46800 KES
Lunch 7200 KES
Communication 6000 KES
Car rental 35000 KES
Total Expenditure 123900 KES


Item Cost
Previsit 11600 KES
Accommodation 31200 KES
Communication 4000 KES
Transport 6200 KES
Car rental 35000 KES
Lunch 6637 KES
Total Expenditure KES 94637

Other expenses

Item Cost
2 Projectors and screens 142000 KES
Flash disks 5500 KES
Printing, DVDs 1780 KES
Total Expenditure 149280 KES

Total amount = 498817 KES (6516)

Amount underspent in US Dollars:


Will you be requesting re-allocation of remaining grant funding?

Yes. balancing figure was topped up in the Wikipedia for Schools launch expenses.