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Translate Wikimedia Tools to Kinyarwanda /Translatewiki.net
proposed start date2022-07-25
proposed end date2022-08-26
budget (local currency)3550000 RWF
budget (USD)3425 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Rodrigueng
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Rodrigueng Germain92



Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Wikimedia Rwanda User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Translate Wikimedia Tools to Kinyarwanda /Translatewiki.net

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Kinyarwanda is a language spoken in central Africa region by approximately 22.8 million people mostly in Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. In Rwanda particularly it is spoken by almost the entire population in official and unofficial matters. Most of the Rwandan people don't speak foreign languages, for that reason we have started to translate Wikimedia in Kinyarwanda to facilitate those people and to offer a platform for consensus on Kinyarwanda between the academia and the general population. This will bring in more readers because they'll be able to understand what's written.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

We want to customise the Wikimedia platforms to be translated in Kinyarwanda so that the Kinyarwanda community may leverage to start new projects in future. We want to translate and proofread most of the essential features of Wikimedia, from English to Kinyarwanda on translatewiki.net. Engage existing Kinyarwanda editors Knowledge sharing to the community Consult the Kinyarwanda Language experts

This will help us translate in a short period of time and with accuracy and add knowledge to our ranks as a community.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

Based on the translations we've done so far, We are willing to organise two in-person training workshops to equip the community with the skills they will need to participate in translations in Kigali, the initial and refresher training. We will use this project as an opportunity to translate and proofread all the most commonly used tools such as Incubator, Wikibase Lexeme, ContentTranslation, UploadWizard, Wikipedia Android app, Wikipedia iOS app ,Commons Android App, Wikibase repo, ProofreadPage, Extensions used by Wikimedia - main, Core MediaWiki, Extensions used by Wikimedia - Advanced, Extensions used by Wikimedia - Media messages to Kinyarwanda on translatewiki.net. We will work with the Wikimedia Rwanda User Group to participate in as translators or advisors. We will receive consultation from experts, such as teachers, linguists, or professional translators of the Kinyarwanda language

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Rodrigue NGARAMBE Rodrigueng - Experienced editor and trainer Germain Mutijima Germain92 - Experienced editor and trainer Wikimedia Rwanda User Group

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Age (regency) , Language, Socioeconomic Status, Topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

This project will allow people of different ages and social-economic status , to be able to read and understand Content on Wikimedia as it will be translated to Kinyarwanda their native language.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Open Technology, Diversity

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Linguistic / Language

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

People from all age and social-economic groups from the Kinyarwanda speaking community especially in Rwanda and all over the world including people who speak Kinyarwanda in Eastern DRC, Uganda and Burundi.

Collecting usernames and contact information via feedback forms Adding people to (optional!) mailing lists or social media groups Identifying the most prolific, knowledgeable, and motivated contributors and inviting them to future events. Participants will be added to a WhatsApp/Telegram group to continue discussions

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

Generally, Rwanda is safe but we shall ensure that participants work from a safe place chosen after careful consideration and provide equal access to necessary facilitations such as transport, internet and shelter in case a participant comes from very far and a non-discrimination policy and inclusivity.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

I am working with the Wikimedia Rwanda User Group to make this project happen, we Informed other community members through our social media channels such Wikimedia Rwandsa User WhatsApp group and Twitter through direct conversations with participants.

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?

If no:

12.1 What was the reason for you deciding NOT to develop a joint proposal? How will you guarantee coordination efforts to make sure that you are not duplicating efforts and that you can maximise your work and joint impact.
We'll are working in conjunction with Wikimedia Rwanda User Group to make this happen and participants of this project are member of the Wikimedia Rwanda user group, we are combining our efforts to maximise the outcome and make sure that this project impact not only the Rwandan Wikimedians but also the whole community.
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

How many people can the Kinyarwanda Wikimedia? Can the elders use the Kinyarwanda Wikimedia?

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Number of editors 3 30
Sections translated 4 20
Phrases translated 1500 20000
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 3 30
Number of editors 3 30
Number of organizers 3 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia 3 30
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

not applicable

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

3550000 RWF

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

3425 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.


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  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).