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Mina Nagy Takla and Sami Al Mubarak

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Did you know that only three percent of total web content is in Arabic? Because of this, it’s hard for Arabic speakers to find quality content online. But we want to change that.

We founded Taghreedat: an Arabic digital content initiative. Our goal is to increase the quality and quantity of Arabic content on the web. And Wikipedia is an essential partner in our mission.

Already, Wikipedia hosts the majority of Arabic content online. But a lot of people don't know what Wikipedia is, or how it works. So we've been spreading the message: Wikipedia is an open encyclopedia that anyone can edit. It's my responsibility, and yours.

Today, our community numbers more than 7,000 Arab volunteers working from 31 countries across the world. They do this without expecting anything in return.

When people are passionate about something, they are willing go the extra mile to achieve it. And that's the secret of the pulsing community behind Wikipedia. You might wonder: How can so many thousands of people work in support of one big idea?

We've learned that it's not the cause that inspires the crowd… it's the crowd that decides the cause. Wikipedia comes from all of us.

Whether you're creating content, or donating a few dollars, it's because of you that this movement exists.

Thank you for your support,

— Mina and Sami

Though of Sudanese heritage, Sami Al Mubarak was born and raised in Qatar and studied computer networking in India. In his day job, he works in accessibility, helping provide people with disabilities with greater access to the internet. Born and raised in Egypt, Mina Nagy Takla studied mass communications before heading to Dubai for a masters degree in strategic marketing. He's lived in Qatar for the past four years. Together, they founded Taghreedat in May of 2011.

Video Attribution: The Impact of Wikipedia - Sami Al-Mubarak and Mina Nagy Takl by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

Image Attribution: Mina Nagy Takla and Sami Al Mubarak by Karen Sayre, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.


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