community-centred media projects
In an effort to prevent further violent conflict in eastern Kenya’s Tana River County, HCR partnered with the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention to set up a peacebuiding radio station to promote peace, health and social development among the communities of the region. The station went to air ahead of the 2017 polls and contributed to a peaceful election process.
Umoja FM - nORTH kIVU, DRC
Torn apart by 20 years of brutal and bloody conflict, North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most violence-stricken parts of the world. In a region with huge economic potential, many armed groups without specific goals regularly engage in fighting - with devastating consequences for the local populations.
HCR worked with partners to set up a peace-building radio station on the edge of the so-called “Triangle of Death” which is making a significant difference to health and development in the region. Community volunteers are also actively trying to engage with armed rebels in the national park, through the radio station, to encourage them to lay down their arms.
Tuanze Biashara - ALLEVIATING POVERTy in eastern kenya
Using the newly established radio station, Amani FM, Tuanze Biashara (Let’s Start a Business) is a project designed to stimulate the creation of small businesses in an area affected by widespread poverty. It involves an innovative mix of creative radio programmes, live ‘phone-in discussions, social media interaction and workshops to encourage local people, irrespective of their education, to develop their business ideas and then put them into action.
Stop Child Witchcraft accusations
HCR is part of the steering group of Stop the Child Witchcraft Accusations (SWCA) - a network of practitioners and academics advocating for the rights of children accused of witchcraft. HCR is continuing work on a project initiated by Feba, that enables street living children in Kinshasa, DRC to tell their stories on radio and video. These stories are helping to change negative perceptions of street children and challenge the wider community and churches against making harmful accusations of witchcraft against children.
[Photo credit: Feba UK]
FIRST RESPONSE RADIO
Communication is aid! HCR is a founding member of the First Response Radio (FRR) network. FRR is a network of local teams in disaster prone countries who are equipped and trained to set up and run a temporary FM radio station for affected communities within 72hrs of a disaster.
HCR serves FRR by training new teams and supports international coordination, monitoring and evaluation. In March 2019, 2 two trainers from HCR UK responded to Cyclone Idai, setting up a temporary FM station in collaboration with community radio volunteers in Buzi, Mozambique.
SOUTH SUDAN - Peacebuilding
As tensions between factions in South Sudan deteriorated into civil conflict, HCR was commissioned by BBC Media Action to help transition their ‘edutainment’ serial radio drama from a health focus to a peacebuilding focus. Working with local BBC script writers, HCR ran a workshop and held ongoing consultations to design the new programme, help the team understand the conflict environment and engage more effectively with communities to create relevant material for the dramas to influence behaviour change.
TANA FM - EASTERN KENYA
Following violent conflict between the Orma and Pokomo communities in 2012, which claimed many lives, HCR worked with CBO KESHA local communities to set up Tana FM in the town of Hola. The station was designed up to help build peace between rival communities living in Tana River county, especially in the run-up to the 2017 elections and contribute to health and social development in the region.
PEACEBUILDING - AFGHANISTAN
As part of a peacebuilding initiative, HCR was asked by partners Morningstar Development and Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB), to upgrade and develop their community radio station and provide training for community health workers and other volunteers. The project has helped build community cohesion in an area where there were tensions between Tajik and Pashto communities. Despite many challenges the radio station is still active and effective.
MTAANI FM - DAGORETTI, KENYA
In an effort to prevent a repeat of post-election violence that had affected Dagoretti Township in Nairobi, HCR was asked by Mtaani FM to provide conflict-sensitive journalism training ahead of the 2017 elections. HCR trainers worked with producers to prepare for the elections and provided outside broadcast equipment and training to enable the station to cover events live.
HOPE FOR SYRIA
As the tragedy of the Syrian civil war began to unfold, HCR joined a consortium of Christian agencies to begin daily, live broadcasts to provide critical information, hope and healing to refugees flooding into Lebanon and Jordan. Using the principles of disaster response radio, HCR’s role was to help design the programme, train a team of refugees in daily programme production, link with the humanitarian cluster groups, monitoring and evaluation.