39th Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation

Today we find ourselves today in the midst of an exciting time. Discussions of the precedences that will affect the future of our chapter are on the table. Ensuring the strength of that future is a tremendous responsibility and one that should never be taken lightly.

IMO, Our chapter has served the greater part of the East Africa region and a little bit of the Southern Africa region yet it is a small army of volunteers whose journey started at the Java house 565 days ago.

Since the Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge that was the inception of the chapter, Wikimedia Kenya managed to undertake various successful projects with the blessings of the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikipedia for schools which was a distribution of offline Wikipedia to schools in Nyeri, Mombasa and Kakamagega. 30 schools are now enjoying the fruits of the work of the great volunteers at Wikimedia Kenya. The chapter has also undertaken various outreach crusades across the country and region. The Strathmore ICT conference, Kabarak University ICT open Day, Tanzainia ITOCA workshop, Setswana Wikipedia Challenge.

This weekend, as we come together, we ought to pay tribute to all of those who have made incalculable contributions to the formation of the 39th Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. Each of these men and women contributions go far beyond their actual accomplishments. Contributions that were no doubt made possible, in part, by their common roots to share free knowledge.

You know this saying, “a dog wags its tail with its heart” – well, I am like that dog today. I want to say so much, but I can hardly find the words.

Am looking forward to meeting you on the Weekend at this meet-up.

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