Federal politicians and local officials have offered high praise for Afno (“Our”) FM at the station’s sixth anniversary celebration in Okhaldhunga, north east Nepal.
Project manager Vijay Manandhar said “We made history in Okhaldhunga when four members of parliament, the chief army officer, the chief of police officer and other political leaders visited the station. They all gave their heart touching speech about how our radio programs are transforming the community and wished us continued success.”
Activities conducted over the three-day anniversary celebrations included distributing fruit to hospital patients and prisoners in the district jail, a speech contest for listeners, new radio sets given to regular listeners, and an opportunity for journalists from district and national media to find out more about the unique role Afno FM has as a radio station that keeps the community at the centre of all that it does.
Vijay also announced that Afno staff have decided to make a personal off-air contribution by giving some of their salary to support needy students. The money, to be collected every month, will pay for the students’ school fees.