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Wiki loves Africa 2024 in Kilimanjaro
proposed start date2024-01-27
proposed end date2024-05-31
grant start date2024-01-27T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-05-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)12450000 TZS
budget (USD)4997.31 USD
amount recommended (USD)3500
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Justine Msechu
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Justine Msechu


Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)

If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a board member or president of a Wikimedia Affiliate or mission-allied organization., I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group., I'm a bank account signatory for the joint bank account of a Wikimedia affiliate, group, or organization.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Core Organizer and Program Coordinator (Justine Msechu): As the Core Organizer and Program Coordinator of Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro, Justine Msechu plays a vital role in overseeing and managing the activities of the organization. He is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing various programs and initiatives related to Wikimedia projects and activities within the Kilimanjaro region. His role involves collaborating with volunteers, managing logistics, and ensuring the smooth operation of events, workshops, and community engagement efforts. Justine Msechu also contributes to building and maintaining relationships with local stakeholders, volunteers, and other Wikimedia chapters or affiliates.

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki loves Africa 2024 in Kilimanjaro

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-01-27 - 2024-05-31

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Wiki Loves Africa

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

Wikipedia Kilimanjaro is a thriving Wikipedia community situated in the Kilimanjaro region, and it has been growing rapidly. Currently, the community comprises 44 dedicated volunteers who contribute to Wikipedia in various ways. However, it's worth noting that, among these dedicated volunteers, not a single individual possesses photography skills or actively engages in photography-related activities. Furthermore, since the inception of Wikipedia Kilimanjaro, there have been no workshops or training sessions conducted to enhance the knowledge and skills of community members regarding photography. The primary objective of this proposal is to actively participate in the Wiki Loves Africa campaign, a continental photography contest that encourages the capture and sharing of images that depict the diverse cultures, landscapes, and heritage of Africa. This provides us with an opportunity to contribute to this larger initiative by capturing photographs of the unique habitats and iconic tourist attractions located in the Kilimanjaro region. By doing so, we aim to showcase the natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance of our region to the world through the lens of our community.

Additionally, this proposal seeks to address the current lack of photography expertise within our Wikipedia Kilimanjaro community. We plan to organize workshops and training sessions on photography, equipping our volunteers with the necessary skills to become proficient photographers. This training will not only enable us to actively participate in the Wiki Loves Africa campaign but also prepare us for various upcoming photography-related campaigns and events. We believe that fostering photography skills within our community will enhance our ability to document the beauty and heritage of Kilimanjaro more effectively, attracting a wider audience to our region and its unique offerings.

To achieve this there are some strategies we have Community Capacity Building: Our first strategy involves strengthening the capacity of the Wikipedia Kilimanjar community, primarily by recruiting individuals who are passionate about photogr achieve this, we will actively seek out and engage volunteers with genuine inter photography. These dedicated individuals will form the foundation of our efforts for our community's photography expertise.

Photography and Wiki Commons Workshops: Simultaneously, we recognize the importance of equipping our volunteers with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in photography. To realize this goal, we will organize a comprehensive series of photography events and workshops. These events will serve a dual purpose: enhancing the photography skills of our existing members and attracting volunteers who are interested in photography and Wiki Commons projects. Through workshops, we aim to empower individuals to confidently contribute their photography expertise to our initiatives.

Highlighting African Creativity: The theme of the 2024 competition, "Africa Create," is a powerful platform for celebrating and highlighting the multifaceted creativity of Africans. We aspire to encourage photographers to capture the myriad ways in which Africans express their creativity, be it through art, culture, innovation, or any other avenue. By doing so, we aim to portray Africa as a continent of unceasing innovation and progress. Our strategy involves organizing a series of engaging photo walks in various locations across the Kilimanjaro region. These excursions will enable us to capture the vibrant stories of the lives, people, and breathtaking natural landscapes in this region. These visual narratives will further emphasize the creativity and diversity that define Africa.

Improving Access to Information and Promoting Digital Literacy and Collaboration: In line with our commitment to enhancing access to information and promoting digital literacy, we have devised a strategy to achieve these aims. Our dedicated volunteers will be given the opportunity to upload the media content they capture during the photo walks. This content will not only serve as a valuable resource but will also document captivating stories and scenes from the Kilimanjaro region. This, in turn, will significantly expand the volume of information available online about Africa. It will provide a more comprehensive insight into African culture, history, and contemporary life. Additionally, our efforts will create opportunities for individuals across Africa to develop digital photography and editing skills. This boost in digital literacy will be an invaluable asset for our community, as it promotes collaboration and active participation in Wikimedia projects, fostering a sense of shared ownership and engagement.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

Awareness of the competition, through communication by posters, communication networks, and others; Photography and Wikicommons Workshop Photowalk phase one Photowalk Phase 2 Organise education sessions on how to contribute photos to Wikipedia articles ; Reporting of the activities.

link for timeline: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1quaeKunwQiYMnGMk-ox6p1tm0ep_wkpE/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110360329214596959502&rtpof=true&sd=true

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

1:Justine Msechu (Program Facilitator) 2:Abubakari Sixberth (program manager) 3:Hussein m mmbaga. (Communication Manager)

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? (required)

The Wiki Loves Africa in Kilimanjaro 2024 will engage all Wikimedians in Kilimanjaro and as we need to have photos of quality, we will make an effort to encourage professional photographers to participate in the contest with the purpose of having photos of quality. Before and during the activities, we will engage the participants through the communication, and organization of meetings. In order to follow up with the participants after the activities, encourage the participants to join our communication channels to still be in contact with the participants.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

The project is discussed with our community members through our channels of communication. We mainly use our WhatsApp group of communication to interact with members where we collect opinions and views of the members about the organization or activities. When the project is about to be implemented, we will use information posters to advertise and call for new volunteers; we will use social media and internal communication channels to advertise the event.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Open Technology

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Improve User Experience

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

. "What are the most effective methods for recruiting and motivating volunteers who are passionate about photography and Wikimedia projects, and how can their skills and enthusiasm be leveraged for the benefit of the community?"

2. "How can the project effectively balance the preservation of traditional African culture and heritage with the promotion of innovation and creativity in the 'Africa Create' theme?"
3. "What are the key challenges and opportunities in organizing and conducting successful photo walks in diverse areas within the Kilimanjaro region, and how can they best capture the richness of local life and natural beauty?"
4. "What are the most impactful ways to ensure that the media content captured during the project is accurately documented, categorized, and shared on Wikimedia platforms to enhance access to information about African culture and history?"
5. "How can the project measure and assess the impact of increased digital literacy within the community, and what strategies can be employed to encourage continuous learning and collaboration among community members?"
18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 35 The number of all members who will participate in contest
Number of editors 30 Number of contributors to the project
Number of organizers 3 Community members who will be implicated in organizing the contest activities
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 100
Wikimedia Commons 200
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

In order to measure metrics we plan to use tools like Outreach Dashboard and tool forge.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

12450000 TZS

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

4997.31 USD

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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).