Grants:Project/Rapid/Icem4k/Wikitongues Camera and Laptop

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statusNot funded
Icem4k/Camera and Laptop Purchase for Wikitongues user group
The camera and laptop will be used to record and edit the videos for Wikitongues which will be uploaded to wikimedia commons and will be used on wikipedia and its sister projects.
targetWikipedia and Wikimedia Commons
start date4 September
start year2019
end date31 December
end year2019
budget (USD)1,457.02US$D
grant typeGroup
contact(s)• Icem4k(_AT_)
  • daniel(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)Wikitongues
website (if applicable)

Please see the sample Equipment application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed. You can add details to each goal. For example, if you want to add content on a specific subject.

  1. Add or improve content. I will be traveling around Zambia to record the languages while on my travels i will also be capturing animals, buildings, monuments, and other components of Zambian culture and history.
  2. Engage existing editors
  3. Organize photo hikes/trips
  4. Popularization of Chichewa Wikipedia and also English Wikipedia.

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. What content gaps will you be filling with the equipment?

I lead the Wikitongues User Group, which is collecting Creative Commons videos in every language in the world. To date, we have contributed over 300  language videos to the Wikimedia Commons, with many used to enhance articles on Wikipedia.

2. What activities will you organize in the next 6 months to create content and use it on Wikimedia projects?

I will be traveling around my country, Zambia, using the camera to record high quality videos of  people speaking in their native languages. The laptop will be used to process and edit the videos and images collected, which I will add to the Wikimedia Commons and appropriate Wikipedia articles. In Zambia we have over 72 languages and dialects, seven of which are officially recognised as regional languages. I plan to record up to 50 unique Zambian languages by the end of the 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

3. How will the equipment be shared/tracked/cared for by members of your community?

The Camera and Laptop will be cared by Isaac Kanguya. The Camera and laptop will be used for recoding languages under the Wikitongues User Group and also current activities and events for the Wikipedia Communty in Zambia. If necessary, equipment will be passed to other users for organizing events.

4. How long will the equipment be used, and by whom?

At a minimum, we expect to use the camera and laptop for at least  six years.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

All the videos and images will be under CC-BY-SA 4.0


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

  1. Number of Videos/photos uploaded: 300 over the next 6 months
  2. Number of Videos/photos used on Wikimedia projects: 50 Language videos plus 250 photos from around Zambia.
  3. Number of articles created/improved: 50 (Both on the English and Chichewa Wikipedia)
  4. Number of language videos uploaded: 50 over the next 7 months


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

Isaac Kanguya - Project leader

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Items Quantity Amount (In Zambian Kwacha) Note
Camera 1 5500ZMW All the equipment will be bought from Zambia.
Camera lens 1 3500ZMW
Tripod 1 650ZMW
Memory card 1 450ZMW
Rod Mic 1 2500ZMW
Laptop 1 6500ZMW
Grand total 19100ZMW

Total: 19,100ZMW

Total requested: 19,100ZMW = 1,457.02$ (14 June 2019


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