In order to make a LASTING IMPACT we need to communicate with each village on a regular basis. Our maintenance teams visit each village three times per year, but we need a way to stay in touch even when our maintenance teams are far away.
Communication technology in the Central African Republic is decades behind most of the world. But in every village there is at least one radio that helps bind this country together. Prices starting around $6 make this method of communication affordable—everyone listens to the radio!
SHARING OUR MESSAGES FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
We knew that radio programming would help share new ideas and support our ongoing water and community development programs. So, in December 2005, Water for Good sought and was granted permission to open the first privately owned shortwave radio station.
|Water for Good’s radio programming can be heard by villagers across the country, giving Water for Good the perfect means to communicate information on AIDS prevention, orphan care, well repair programs, and many other community development initiatives. Please support Water for Good as we extend our community development programming across CAR.|
Water for Good’s radio is regarded by many in the country to be “the people’s radio station”—the people of the Central African Republic have expressed a real ownership in Water for Good and its programs. How did this happen? Well, our station is the first privately owned station transmitting in Sango (the trade language) as well as in French. Soon Water for Good hopes to include special programming for people in the country who have difficulty understanding both French and Sango. You can help Water for Good reach even more communities.
|Even in the capital city of Bangui there are a few opportunities to connect to the outside world through internet cafés and cell phones. With little telephone, no television, no newspaper, and no mail service outside the capital city, the general population receives practically ALL of its information via radio.Radios purchased from countries like Nigeria and Niger are very affordable. They cover FM, shortwave, and mediumwave bands. However, shortwave transmission has the farthest reach! Water for Good relies on shortwave transmission as we work to bring quality messages about nutrition, hygiene, and HIV/AIDS prevention to every village.
Early in 2006, Water for Good purchased an eight acre portion of land on the plateau above the town of Boali. During that year, we brought two shipping containers full of supplies to the property, we ran electricity and a road to the site, and we installed a fence and a guard house.
Then, in 2007 a team of HCJB engineers from the HCJB Engineering Center in Elkhart, Indiana made a three-week trip to Boali to install a one kilowatt transmitter, shortwave antenna, transmitter studio, and two satellite antennas: one for accessing the Internet and the other for accessing French program sources via Trans World Radio.
Water for Good’s Radio Station was commissioned and started broadcasting at a dedication ceremony February 22, 2007 and is currently transmitting programs on 6.03 megahertz. As we grow our organization, radio programming is one part of our overall mission to make a lasting impact in CAR. It supports the efforts in every other area of our work. Please support Water for Good as we increase our capacity to reach communities across CAR with community development programming.