Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Community Arusha/Wikimedia projects training and edit-a-thon

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Wikimedia Community Arusha/Wikimedia projects training and edit-a-thons
The grant proposal seeks to engage the Wikimedians from Arusha to participate and contribute to different Wikimedia projects. The project will involve editathons, training and discussions for community development.
targetSwahili Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, WikiVoyage, Wikiquotes
start date26th January
end date10th April 30 April 20 May
budget (local currency)10,075,000
budget (USD)4,359.51
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• ebenmlay(_AT_)

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Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Introduce Wikimedia projects to more Swahili people that are literate in the Swahili language at any level.
  2. Maintain and grow the Wikimedia community Arusha.
  3. Mentor and improve skills of community members
  4. Discuss the growth and development of other Swahili language Wikimedia projects (i.e WikiVoyage, Wikiquotes)

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

This project intends to engage the Arusha Wikimedians to learn, participate and contribute to the Wikimedia projects.
  1. The first event will be a training on Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons. Here the participants will get to learn more about these two projects.
  2. The second event will be an editathon were the participants will get a chance to have a hands on experience on what they learnt on the first event
  3. The third event will be a training on Wikidata and training on the mistakes that might have happened in the second event.
  4. The forth event will be an editathon were the participants will get a Wikidata hands-on experience and get to correct the mistakes that happened in the second editathon.
  5. The last event will be a community discussion were as all the participants will be asked to provide any ideas for the community development and partnerships. During the discussion, participants will be introduced to other Wikimedia projects that are not yet in Swahili language and we will come up with a community plan on how we could contribute to these projects.

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

I have informed my community through the Wikimedians of Arusha meta page here. [[1]]

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

Participants will know about the event via the existing community social media channels.

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

5. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Yes participants have the equipment and skill needed to participate to contribute high quality content. FOr those who don't possess the skills will be trained to acquire those skills.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

Through the socialmedia channels available for the community

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

Here is the link to my completed copy of the risk assessment tool:

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

The project focuses on engaging the growing community of Arusha to participate more in different Wikimedia projects and to take part in developing Wikimedia projects that are not yet developed/translated into Swahili. We will have editathons, training and community discussions on developing the Wikimedia projects in Swahili to allow Swahili speakers to gain free knowledge from all the Wikimedia projects


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

  • Number of training - 2
Training will be based on Swahili Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata
  • Number of editathons - 2
Editathons will focus on a hands-on experience of what has been trained on the two training sessions
  • Number of community discussions - 1
Identifying the Wikimedia projects that are not yet in the Swahili language and planning a way forward on how the community can be involved.
Community discussion will be to identify any opportunities for community development.
Identify any potential partnerships for the community.
  • Number of participants - 35
  • Number of new editors - 10
  • Number of of articles created or improved - 50+
  • Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)- 20+


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).

Ebenezer Mlay - Event Manager
Praygod Mwanga - Event Organiser
Alexander Demetro - Facilitator

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

Food - 259.623 * 5 = 1,298.12 USD
Tea, Drinks and Bites - 129.812 * 5 = 649.058 USD
Internet - 38.9435 * 5 = 194.717 USD
Local Transport (for the participants and event organizers while making arrangements for the events) - 259.623 * 5 = 1,298.12 USD
Venue - 56.2517 * 5 = 281.259 USD
Stationary and Graphics Designing - 43.2705 * 5 = 216.353 USD
Communications(Data,call and sms bundles for the organizers) -32.4529 * 5 = 162.265 USD
Router rent (for internet sharing during the events) - 21.6353 * 5 = 108.176 USD
Laptop rent(for participants with no laptops at least 8 laptops) - 51.9247 * 5 = 259.623 USD
Contingency - 86.5411 USD
Total = 4,359.51 USD


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