Conducting radio broadcasting to empower communities with life saving and life transforming information.
Describe the need affecting community
This project was initially developed to address post-war Sierra Leone communications challenges. Sierra Leone experienced a brutal civil war from 1991-2002, during which most of the country’s infrastructure was damaged by the fighting forces. The Ebola outbreak in 2014, clearly manifested the desperate communications vacuum that still plagues the country as the spread of Ebola like the war before it, was hugely hinged on ignorance. A United Methodist Community Radio in Sierra Leone is an effective way of reaching out to remote communities with vital health information and also with relevant information that affect the people’s social, political and economic lives.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
A. To enable local communities to gain access to health education through regular radio discussions by medical resource people through broadcasting programs on disease control and prevention. 1) Identification of medical resource people who would be involved in broadcasting health education programs, particularly relating to Ebola, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other epidemics on regular basis. 2) Identify local communities needing education on the importance of and achieving good hygiene. 3) Organize weekly radio discussion programs in the local language of the target community on how unhygienic behavior (citing examples from communities identified and the recently ended Ebola outbreak), can affect health, and offer hygienic alternatives. Local community people affected could be encouraged to participate in such discussions. B. To provide adequately furnished office space to the radio station and to provide staff with salaries for three years. To provide a vehicle to ease mobility of staff. 1) Purchasing furniture and office equipment. 2) Engage staff to man the radio station. Staff will include: station manager, 2 producers, 2 broadcasters, 2 security personnel (day and night), Secretary, Office assistant. 3) Purchasing a van to facilitate movement of director, staff, and resource people to the station, which will be situated at Leicester Peak; about five kilometers from the center of the city of Freetown, where the UMC head office is located. 4) Renovation of building at project site to serve as offices and studio for radio station. 5) Provide day-to-day running cost for the radio station.
Describe the primary goal of the project
A. To keep the United Methodist community together, and to foster the growth of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. B. To serve humankind through the dissemination of relevant, as well as lifesaving information particularly for the poor and marginalized.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
1. An informed and healthy community. 2. A vibrant community that takes informed decisions on issues that affect their daily lives. 3. A productive and economically viable community.