A brief update has been posted while answering a
question on Wikimedia-l.
The page is under construction, and an announcement on the India mailing
list will be made separately with details in a few days.
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প্রেরক: Bodhisattwa Mandal <bodhisattwa.rgkmc(a)gmail.com>
Date: বুধ, ২৮ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ১০:১৬ PM টায়
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most
valuable movement asset
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Hello Andreas and all,
There is some good news. Wikimedia Foundation Community Resources team has
given permission to CIS-A2K to allot funds to reimburse vaccines, send
COVID protection kits and provide counselling for Wikimedia volunteers in
India. CIS-A2K has consulted Foreign Currency Regulation Act expert lawyers
and got confirmation that the program can be executed as per the law of
India. With this progress, we are now good to go. We had formed a 5-members
committee of physicians (4 of them) from the Indian Wikimedia volunteer
community. They had their first meeting almost an hour ago to decide the
next steps to provide support as quickly and efficiently as possible. The
action points are noted from the meeting and within a few days, we are sure
that we will be able to provide support to the volunteers. A meta page is
also being drafted, which will undergo expansion and modification in the
next few years. The lnk is here -
On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 at 20:24, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Could I ask you to please keep us up to date on the further Wikimedia
response to your request?
I would love to hear about anything good that is happening as a result of
your having asked here – and if nothing useful is happening, I would love
to hear about that too – here or by private email, if you prefer.
I am very aware that the WMF ran its first fundraising campaign in India
this fiscal year, and that one of the fundraising banner messages asked
people ... "to donate. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable neutral
information that their work matters."
And as you can read in my other post today, it's not like the Wikimedia
Foundation is poor.
We (the community resources team at the Wikimedia Foundation) have been in
contact with colleagues from the Wikimedia movement in India and wanted to
share some of the preliminary outcomes of our discussions.
Firstly, we want to acknowledge the disastrous effect COVID-19 has had on
Wikimedia communities and its members across the movement. The COVID-19
pandemic has affected many of us in both direct and indirect ways.
As has been noted by others on this email chain, we all agree that
Wikimedia volunteers are the most valuable assets of our movement. As
mentioned in the previous email, providing insurance support to Wikimedia
volunteers in India would not have been possible due to regulatory and
legal challenges. However, we are committed to provide other help and
service to ensure that the movement is supported.
As discussed on this chain, we feel that our partners are the best placed
to understand the needs locally and regionally. We are therefore working
with colleagues from India directly to provide practical help and support
to the movement there including access to vaccines, PPE kits,
knowledge and fighting misinformation. We will continue to partner with
them and others to establish criteria in line with our mission to support
the communities. These are exceptional times, indeed but together we will
be able to make a difference and support each other.
For any questions about this initiative please feel free to contact:
On behalf of Community Resources Team,
ಗುರು, ಏಪ್ರಿ 22, 2021 ರಂದು 02:41 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ರಂದು Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rgkmc(a)gmail.com> ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ:
COVID-19 has hit hard in India again making it the leading epicentre of
the disease caused by the new mutated strains. The infection and death
tolls have reached record high and the health system in different parts
the country is on the verge of collapse.
Like other common people, many Wikimedians might have lost their jobs
year. Like last year, this year too, many
volunteers have been infected
hospitalised. Some of them have lost their family
friends and other dear ones.
Volunteer online community is the heart of our movement and every
dedicated, experienced and long-term volunteers are our most valuable
asset. It is not at all exaggerating to say that many language Wikimedia
projects or WikiProjects are dependent completely on one (or two or
three...) person's persistence to build it as a tall building from
and if we lose some of those people, those
projects might totally stop
forever. There are so many fantastic people in the movement who have
doing incredible work in their volunteer capacity
for such a long time
(sometimes more than a decade) to make what Wikimedia is today.
I would like to urge people with power and money in the movement to
way to protect these assets. We not only cannot
afford to lose them, but
also need to proactively protect them. Maybe a small step to provide
personal or family COVID-19 insurance might help a lot. Maybe sending
to buy COVID-19 vaccines might save some of them.
If we can spend millions of dollars for conferences or a couple of
thousand dollars to celebrate 20 years of
Wikipedia during Wikimania,
we not spend a few thousand dollars to protect at
least some of the
around the globe to some extent who made it
possible to turn Wikipedia
its 20th birthday?
Disclaimer: I had tried to convince the grants team from my personal
capacity last year when COVID-19 was spreading rapidly in India but was
denied due to their legal concerns regarding insurance registration as
well as settlement and liability issues. Few others tried to convince
too but failed. I am reaching out to the
community to start a
this time and find a way together.
I am sorry for my long mail. I could not help it.
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