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Ghetto FM (Nairobi Kenya): A Voice for Peace Needs Help to Spread its Messages

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear Friends, Last fall, a letter circulated asking for donations (funds and equipment) for Ghetto FM, a project of the development nonprofit, SIDAREC
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 21, 2008
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      Dear Friends,
      Last fall, a letter circulated asking for donations (funds and equipment) for Ghetto FM, a project of the development nonprofit, SIDAREC (www.sidarec.org), which works with youth and adults in depressed areas of Nairobi.  Since that time, Ghetto FM has been an invaluable ally of the peace process in Kenya.
       
      Below please note some of their outstanding activities. Ghetto FM is still very much in need of funds, equipment, training, and other resources in kind, in fact anything helpful to advance the peace process. If anyone can donate, please contact George Onyango at geogias@... or george@....
       
      With greatest thanks and all best wishes, Janet Feldman (KAIPPG International, kaippg@...)



      Ghetto FM (SIDAREC's radio project):

      What we did is to use Ghetto FM to gauge the mood of the people and at the same time asking well-wishers to contribute. People managed to contribute various items like clothes, food, while SIDAREC donated drugs and asked for help from volunteer doctors for treatment.

      We have been having peace meetings within the affected slums. We have had three meetings since the violence erupted. These meetings were successful because of Ghetto FM. Through the station, we were able to mobilize
      assistance to the displaced, coordinated meetings between various communities, and preached peace and reconciliation.
       
      What excited me most is the fact that we have our own people, from the areas where we operate, as presenters. These are people who have never went to college to learn journalism. What we did is just to give them an in-house training for a month, and that was it. Looking at some of the programs that they came up with, one will be tempted to think you are dealing with professionals.  Therefore any support to help improve Ghetto FM will be a boost to the youth working with the station.
      In one meeting, we managed to bring in the Provincial Administration. One of our suggestions to the Provincial administration is to help integrate people. This means that any group who wants assistance from the government
      must show that other community members are involved. In other words, it must show diversity.
       
      George Onyango
      Project Administrator
      Slums Information Development & Resource Centres (SIDAREC)
      P.O.BOX 9687 00300
      TEL.+254-20-246961/247356
      MOBILE:+254-721986320
      NAIROBI,KENYA.
      E-mail: george@...
      Website: www.sidarec.org
      Skype: george.onyango
       
       
       
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