The Friends of Orphans (FRO) proposed community radio station will be managed by FRO and is to be based in Pader town serving more than 4 million people in 15 northern regions torn by over 21 years of war. >Download Proposed Budget Here
The district regions are:
Pader • Agago • Kitgum • Lamwo • Amuru • Nwoya • Gulu • Lira • Oyam • Kole • Amolatar • Dokolo • Alebtong • Apac • Abim
No Access to Information:
- Pader and Agago districts only receive the daily newspaper in town and not until after 6pm.
- Pader dose not have a community center for people to get access to newspapers, TV, or internet as sources of information.
- Pader district has only one radio station, which is commercial.
- Agago district doesn't have any radio stations, leaving people with no source of information.
- There are no TV stations and there aren't any future plans to build one. Even if there was one- there is no electricity in the rural areas to power TV sets. It is culture for those who have radios to share with those who don't.
Benefits, uses and target groups of the radio station:
Northern Uganda region is remotely located with poor road conditions, leaving some areas inaccessible, especially during rainy season. People are only able to communicate through radio. The FRO Community Radio publications will cover a broad range of economic and social issues, including development policy, finance, health, education, environment, trade, poverty, climate change, and globalization.
The Pader district local government is calling for the creation of an enabling environment which leads towards rapid and sustainable economic growth and structural transformation, increasing the ability of the poor to raise their incomes through access to productive means.
The radio station will:
- Target the war and HIV/AIDS affected communities of northern Uganda region benefiting more than 4 million people.
- Be used by FRO, other NGOs, government officials, etc to promote, train, discuss and talk about developmental programs within the communities.
- Help the community to have their stories and views heard by other stakeholders in developments.
- Help in promoting dialogue, debate and change. This will foster sustainable and equitable development
- Be the main sources of disseminating information about developmental issues and it will help to fight poverty among the local communities.
- Be used to promote development activities and programs within the war and HIV/AIDS affected communities in northern Uganda region.
- Help in promoting education, human rights, peace building and reconciliation, livelihood programs and fighting poverty among the communities who have been affected by war for over 21 years.
- Be used to inform the communities about the disease outbreak such as such as Ebola, Hepatitis A and B, and cholera. Communities can be warned to take precaution.
- Create a communication pathway between NGO’s and the local governments. Helping the communities hold developmental workers and the government accountable. Communities will be allowed to discuss programs going on in their communities and include the achievements and challenges and areas that still need to be addressed.