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This submission to the Project and Event Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2013-14. This is a grant to a group.

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Basic information[edit]

Project details[edit]

Official project name
Wiki Expansion Program, Nepal
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
May 15, 2013
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
November 14, 2013 January 14, 2014 March 15th, 2014 (extensions approved on talk page)
Please describe the project in 1–2 sentences

Over the next six months, we will attempt to gain WMF recognition of our national chapter. To sustain the growth of Wikimedia projects, we will have more activities and outreach programs. We will conduct a series of outreach programs, mentoring programs to encourage university students and junior college students to contribute content to Nepali-, Newari-, Bhojpuri-, Pali-, Sanskrit- and English-language Wikipedias. We will develop necessary outreach materials like audio-visual and printed materials.

Financial details[edit]

Currency requested
US Dollars
Amount requested in currency requested
Equivalent amount in US$ on the date of this submission
List the exchange rate used to calculate the amount listed in US$
NRs90 per US$ (Please consider, the exchange rate of US$ to Nepalese Rupees is fluctuating. Therefore we are not putting the amount in local currency.)

Grantee details[edit]

See the eligibility requirements for more information.

Are you an organization, an individual, or an individual submitting on behalf of a group?
Individual submitting on behalf of a group.

We will use a 3-persons joint bank account operated with the signature of any two.

Remember that individuals submitting on behalf of a group must provide 2 project leads who will be cosignatories on the grant agreement and cobeneficiaries on the project's bank account.
Group information
Wikimedians of Nepal User Group (Affiliated in WMF as user group on 29th May, 2013)
Purpose of group:
To expand and sustain Wiki projects in Nepal
Link to information about your group:
Wikimedia Nepal

Contact information[edit]

First project lead
Project lead name:
Ganesh Kumar Paudel
Project lead username or email:
Project lead title (position within group), if any:
President, Wikimedia Nepal (Ad-Hoc Committee)
Second project lead
Project lead name:
Saroj Dhakal
Project lead username or email:
Project lead title (position within group), if any:

Secretary General, Wikimedia Nepal (Ad-Hoc Committee)

Goals and measures of success[edit]

Project goal[edit]

Please briefly describe what will be accomplished if the project is successful.

Project goals
  • Multiply and strengthen the community
  • Lead the movement towards sustainability.
  • Give the movement necessary environment and encourage community members to contribute to free-knowledge activities.
  • Publicize the community's work and provide public information about the wiki platform that is supporting the nation for developing free local content.

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of measurable criteria that will be used determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed.

Measures of success

This is a project of the (proposed) National Chapter and the chapter shall observe the success by using the following measures.

  • Growth in number of edits in wiki projects Expected to increase the total edits from 350,000 to 370,000
  • Growth in number of active editors in existing Wiki projects in Nepal is expected to grow from 75 to 100
  • Growth in number of active women editors is expected to increase from 3 to 10.
  • Participation of people in WLM and Education projects. Expected to upload 2,000 photos of monument sites in Nepal.

Project scope and activities[edit]

This section describes what will happen if this project is funded. Who will do what, and when?

List of activities
  • Celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Nepali Wikipedia on June 3, 2013 (talks, hakathon, edit-a-thon, cake party; these will involve university professors, media workers as well as other four language wiki project volunteers and communities from 8 Nepali language wikis which are in incubation will participate.)
  • Wiki talks with individuals, academicians and organizations to sustain Wiki movements in Nepal.
  • Wiki-Wistar (outreach) programs
  • Wiki-edit-a-thons (At least 5 editathons will be organized in different venues).
  • Wiki education pilot project in two colleges. (Running in Islington College)
  • Wiki editing mentorship program through outreach and editathons.
  • Wiki Love Monuments A photo contest about the monument sites of Nepal. 10 people from the community will be involved and over fifty professional and amateur photographers are expected to participate in the program.
  • Wiki Women Initiatives (mentorship programs)
Months→ May June July August September October November Program Lead
Getting Affiliation from WMF Committee Discussion & finalization Committee Discussion & finalization Apply Talk with WMF Ganesh
By-Laws Translation, Translation Lawyer's review/compatibility Ganesh
Nepali Wikipedia 11th Anniversary (June 3, 2013) Preparation, Award declaration, Inform Anniversary Celebratioin / Followup Ganesh
Outreach programs – 10 Venues Outreach Outreach Outreach Outreach Outreach Outreach Outreach Saroj
WikiWomen Initiative & Mentoring program Outreach Editathon Workshop Outreach Outreach Srijana
Wikipedia Education Program Primary Meeting Program begins Report Hempal/Krish
Wiki Loves Monument Listing Plan Team Formation Contribution Period Evaluation & Rewards Saroj
Enabling Internet facility for Outreach and to Active contributors/Editors Determining Services Purchase Ganesh
Collaboration Meetings with other Open communities and organizing Open movement events OD Week SFD OCC ICT Conf Prakash
Media for expansion projects (Video) Production, Localization and CD/DVD publishing Video planning Scripting Shooting Editing Production Publish Krish
Printed Media Sticker, Small banner, a book on introduction to Wikipedia, Liflet Requirements Finalization Materials Collection Finalization Print/Publish Ganesh
LCD Mobile Projector for presentation-1 Qty Market Study and Purchase Team

Note: Please refer to the Program Activities Details for implementation activities and other precise details.

Budget and resources[edit]

Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here.

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Project budget table

Activities Amount in US$ Equivalent to NRs.
Getting Affiliation from WMF as Chapter
Lawyer's by-laws verification Fee; Bylaws translation (by notary public), Registration charge etc.)
Nepali Wikipedia 11th Anniversary (June 3, 2013)
One- Day event with Editathon, Formal Talk Program, Best contributor rewarded and Cake party
Outreach programs At least 10 Colleges and junior colleges
Hi-tea, transportation, Internet Lab
Wiki Women Initiative & Mentoring program
One Interaction program with women leaders from political parties;
at least 3 outreach programs in girls college and women organizations; One editathon on women & gender
Wikipedia Education Program (Piloting in 2 colleges)
– 2 College X 12 weeks program (As per the Wikipedia Education Program curriculum)
Wiki Loves Monument (Photo contest on monument sites of Nepal)
Meeting the Government authorities, forming calendar, run orientation program, indexing the sites and kick off the event
Evaluation and choose the winners, reward the winners with cash prize and certificate
Enabling Internet facility
For Outreach, Editathon and education programs
At least two wireless devices and internet broadband package
Collaboration Meetings
Meetings with other Open communities and organizing Open movement events (at least 5 events)
Open Document Event, Software Freedom Week event, Open data/ Open Map event,
Open community conference, ICT Conference
Media for expansion projects (Video) Production and localization to existing media, CD/DVD publishing
Media to support new users/editors about writing, editing articles and uploading photos etc.
will be published in CD/DVD and through the Commons and You tube
Printed Media
Browsers, Stickers, Small banners, book on introduction to Wikipedia,
edit cheat-sheet (general tags), Why Wikipedia etc
LCD Mobile Projector for presentation-1 Qty (With accessories, long power cords etc.) 950.00
Total Approx. 10,000.00
Total cost of project
Total amount requested from the WMF Grants Program
$10,000 (Ten thousand US Dollars only)
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

Non-financial requirements[edit]

See a description of nonfinancial assistance available. Please inform Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) of any requirements for non-financial assistance now.

Requests for non-financial assistance
  • Support and advise to conduct the Wiki Love Monument program and education program.
  • We will need supplies for outreach from Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Printed materials and other merchandises (T-shirts, sticker, badge, calender, posters etc)
  • We'll need 25 T-shirts to encourage the winners of WLM, outreach persons and the top ranking editors.
  • We've contacted trademark at wikimedia dot org to request the use of Wikimedia's marks on our banners. (The answer for the trademark using request in banner of the 10th Anniversary was Silent)


This section is optional. It may be used to highlight the potential grantee's potential for successfully executing this project.

Consider including the following information:

  • Onwiki evidence of community support (such as a project about this discussion):
  • Editathon
  • Endorsements from community members or movement groups:
  • Special skills or qualifications this potential grantee or project lead brings to this project:
  • We have conducted some events like Outreach, Anniversaries of English and Nepali Wikipedia and other talks.
  • We have inner drive to sustain Wiki movement in Nepal.
  • Evidence of past success in executing similar projects:
  • N/A
  • We have small but strong team to conduct the programs.
  • We will have at least one volunteer to each programs as coordinator to execute the program.
  • The Wikimedia Nepal team directly observing the project.


In the sections below, please describe how the project is related to the Wikimedia mission and Wikimedia's strategic priorities.

  • This project is directly focused in supporting and expanding all wiki projects. Every task done in this project is concerned with any of Wiki projects, mostly the Wikipedia and then the Commons and other projects.

Fit to strategy[edit]

How will this project support the key organizational objectives of
  • increasing reach (more people will access or contribute to Wikipedia or our other projects),
  • participation (more people actually contributing),
  • quality (more content, more useful content, or higher-quality content),
  • credibility (more trust in our projects),
  • organizational maturity and effectiveness (how it will move you or the Wikimedia community forward),
  • or financial sustainability (how it will help you achieve more in the long run)?
This statement should address at least one of the strategic priorities listed here specifically. See WMF Grants Program criteria for decision making.
  • This project will approach to large number of people by Wiki Wistar (Outreach) programs to educate them how to use, edit and create articles in Wikipedia and other projects.
  • This project will develop a number of people who will be able to conduct effective outreach programs for community growth.
  • This project will begin education program to use Wikipedia as an academic tool.
  • This project will conduct Wiki Love Monument contest where professional as well as amateur photographers will learn and upload their picture products to the Wikimedia Commons. This will enhance their knowledge and develop attitude to participate by contribute in commons.
  • This project will help to fill the gender gap in users and contributors of Wikipedia.
  • All activities will cause quantitative as well as qualitative growth of various wiki projects in Nepal.
  • The community will also learn to conduct programs and run project.


If the project will benefit a specific online community, please tell us.
Nepali Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks as well as Newari Wikipedia, Bhojpuri Wikipedia, Pali Wikipedia, Sanskrit Wikipedia will be directly befitted from this program. This project is aimed to expand the community of Wiki in Nepal, which expects to increase the number and quality of the volunteers to contribute in Wiki projects. It will strengthens the editing skills of the existing editors by which International language Wikipedia specially English Wikipedia and other wiki projects will also be indirectly benefited by the project.

Please provide a brief statement about how the project is related to other work in the Wikimedia movement. For example, does the project fit into a work area such as GLAM, education, organizational development, editor retention, or outreach?
  • Outreach
  • Wikipedia Education Program
  • Wiki Loves Monument
  • Editor Expansion and retention

If successful, will the project have the potential to be replicated successfully by other individuals, groups, or organizations? Please explain how in 1–2 sentences.
We believe this project will be a success.

After the end of the project we will have a team of at least ten skillful Resource Persons who will continue the outreach program more efficiently in the future. The number of active users will increase and the community will be more sustainable. The WLM program will increase the number of photo contributors in the Wikimedia commons and we'll have a different dimention of progress. The education pilot will increase the skills of the teachers and some students as well. This is expected to be the future strength of our community for growth of Wikipedia.

Please list other benefits to the movement here.
  • Rise of awareness on Wiki projects and their importance for developing Local Content.
  • Community will feel the official presence of Wikimedia Foundation in Nepal.
  • Contributors will be happy to see the acknowledgement of their works.
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