Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Kenya (ID: 21870661)

statusUnder review
Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Kenya
start date2022-07-11
end date2022-07-31
budget (local currency)271612.27 KES
budget (USD)2325 USD
amount recommended (USD)2325
grant typeIndividual
funding regionMEA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• FaithMwanyolo
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant DetailsEdit

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Username: Ngangaesther



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.


Grant ProposalEdit

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

Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Kenya

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.

Through Wiki Loves Earth, we aim to inspire appreciation of Kenya's vast natural heritage over and above encouraging local tourism and documentation of her natural beauty. Above and beyond, we aim to improve and add on to the wiki knowledge base refined information on Kenya’s natural heritage sites and native species found within the country.

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

We intend to run comprehensive social media campaigns to inform, incite and invite participation in the contest. We will also make use of our well-established networks obtained through previous competitions to create awareness and objectives of the competition. All these efforts combined will be redirected to our landing page where additional information and contacts can be found. We intend to run comprehensive social media campaigns to inform, incite and invite to participation in the contest. We will also make use of our well-established networks obtained through previous competitions to create awareness and objectives of the competition. All these efforts combined will be redirected to our landing page where additional information and contacts can be found. We will engage our participants in photo-walks, guided upload sessions and information sessions (via the designated Telegram and WhatsApp groups). These will be effective in that through physically going to these sites and taking time to appreciate them, more and more people are made aware of their existence. This will cultivate the need to preserve and appreciate such sites. The information sessions will be used to fill any knowledge gaps that exist in our community regarding Kenya's natural and heritage sites. Furthermore, these will be effective as there is an element of the social capital building through the photo walks as well as the incentivized participation through the possibility of winning prizes. We also have a significantly bigger community and this will be vital in achieving our success.

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

To begin with, this year, we have a larger community of active members. This will significantly increase the number and quality of uploads, especially in terms of the meta description. It will also allow for a wider footprint in the country. This year, our goal is to achieve higher quality uploads as previously mentioned. We realized from past competitions, we had relatively good numbers but the quality was wanting.

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.

Wiki Loves Earth

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

The two coordinators responsible for this campaign are Faith Mwanyolo and Leonard Kisuu; both of whom are long serving volunteers under the foundation and are capable of implementing this proposal to it fulfilment. Their usernames are FaithMwanyolo and Leonard Kisuu respectively.

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.

Geography, 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.

Kenya boasts a plethora of natural heritage, most of which has poor or no graphic and theoretic documentation. This competition not only adds quantity to the content pool but also helps improve the quality of existing content.

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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM

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


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?

We have an active group of Wikimedians in Kenya who are always keen to take part in campaigns. We also have a standing partnership with the Lamu Museum and they engage the students within their community who are interested in taking part in the photo contests. Besides that, we will advertise through different social media platforms in order to reach out to individuals who may be interested in taking part. We will send emails about the contest to our existing mailing list which includes everyone who participated in the previous contests and we shall use social medias like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. We shall also use our personal networks to spread the word. We also fostered collaborations in our past events and will continue to pursue them..

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

We ensure our participants have a safe space by encouraging an environment where everyone's opinion is respected. Through being provided with basic ground rules, participants are led by a moral conduct which ensures a non-discriminatory and transparent process from start to finish.

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.

The request has been shared with community members via the community WhatsApp group.

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.
I am unaware any other person(s) intending to coordinate this or a similar project in my country. Had there been or should I have been aware of, we would definitely combine our efforts and fill out a joint proposal.
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.

Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and EvaluationEdit

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

From this proposal, I hope to learn more about Kenyan's views on conservation of the environment and heritage sites. I would like to understand how this affects their day to day lives. With this knowledge, we will be able to make more informed decisions to make focused communications which will get more and more people inclined to having such progressive conversations which eventually lead to a mass shift of attitudes and opinions.

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 Uploads The number of uploads will shed light on the willingness and interest to document Kenya's vast natural heritage amongst the local population. 700
Quality of Uploads The quality of uploads will be judged on the basis of photo quality and descriptive quality. The latter will enable us know how much Kenyan's know about the natural heritage hosted in the country and protected areas. 400
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants We aim to target around 25 participants broken down as 15 returning participants and 10 new participants. This is because we have observed a trend in previous photo contests where the returning participants tend to be more than the new participants. 30
Number of editors We aim to have at least 10 new accounts created on Wikimedia Commons throughout the course of the project. In total, we expect 25 editors to be contributing to Wikimedia Commons. 25
Number of organizers We have 2 main organizers who will ensure the smooth running of the photo contest from start to completion. 2
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikimedia Commons As this is a photo contest, the main project that we will be contributing to is Wikimedia Commons through having participants submit media content relevant to Wiki Loves Earth. 700
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

From our past photo contests, the main factor that greatly hindered the achievement of our set goals was the COVID-19 restrictions. However, a lot of the stringent rules have been relaxed and we hope to achieve our goals this year.

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.

We plan to make use of a dashboard to monitor these metrics. The two project leads are also very efficient in communication and will be able to guide the participants throughout the process to ensure there is no gap that may lead to our goals not being attained. Tools such as Google Sheets will also help us track these metrics.

Financial ProposalEdit

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

271612.27 KES

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

2325 USD

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