Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.

Looking forward to continued collaboration!

    A.
On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, "Rodrigo Padula" <rodrigopad...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Great news!!
>
> Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!
>
> Rodrigo Padula
>
>
> 2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan <tonmoy...@gmail.com>:
>
> > Dear All,
> >
> >
> > It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD)
> has
> > successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
> > application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
> > Companies & Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
> > certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
> >
> >
> >
> > Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
> > Act of Bangladesh & our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.
> >
> > The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
> > perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
> > difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as
> the
> > incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
> > Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
> > impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
> WMBD,
> > I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
> > approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and
> it
> > took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI &
> > complete all the bureaucratic process!
> >
> >
> > It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
> Wikimedia
> > movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
> > despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
> > could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally & taking in the
> > greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
> workshops
> > & meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
> effort
> > successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
> > Wikipedia & increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
> > are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement
> by
> > taking part in discussions, conferences & as committee members in
> different
> > Wikimedia committees.
> >
> >
> >
> > We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
> > progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
> > make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
> > region.
> >
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> >
> > Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
> > Treasurer
> > Wikimedia Bangladesh
> >
> > "ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন
> ভাবে
> > আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।"
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