The village radio has become a very important medium in the dessimination of information to all the vilages in the Kom land. This information could be from religious, traditional, administrative and Municipal authorities.
In recent times the Boyo Community Radio has been in the limelight of dessiminating information to all the villages in the kom chiefdom. With the availability of this communication medium organizations like Better Family Foundation, Health institutions and other social establishments are using the radio to educate the population on health issues like HIV/AIDS, nutrition, peer education and gender concerns amongs others.
This has drawn the attention of many community members to become active listeners and participants to the radio educative programmes which are broadcasted in the national language, pidgin and English.
Despite the constant power failure and limited staff, the radio is doing a commendable job. We thank all who have been contributing to the success of this rural radio and and continue to applead to them to share the word to others.
Boyo Community Radio is growing rapidly these days! With each passing day it is becoming more and more common to hear it being broadcasted in local and English languages. It's becoming a truly popular source of information regarding politics, cultural events, Public health sensitization issues, announcements, news and entertainment. Recently the radio had attended the Handing Over Ceremony of the Ameng Village water project. It was very exciting to hear the address of the Director of Better Family Foundation, the Mayor for Fundong council and Divisional Officer being broadcasted live over the airwaves. This made people all over Boyo to feel being part of the ceremony. Along side of this progress are certainly a fair share of challenges. Every day at the radio station is a capacity building exercise of sorts for it's volunteer staff members. Many of the times there are complains of lack of many equipments to make the radio function properly. Presently there is campaign going on for local population to raise funds towards the proper functioning of the radio.
Greetings from Fundong !
Boyo Community Radio (BCR) has been enduring plenty of hardship here in Fundong for the past several months. Particularly, the electricity has been incredibly reluctant to stay on continuously over the past month. This has made our broadcasting not steady which has been a huge frustration to us because we cannot air much of our wonderful programming. C'EST LE CAMEROUN !
In exciting news, Mr. Ndang Denis Awoah-- the gentleman who help founded BCR-- has become Fundong's Municipal Mayor! This may mean great things for the radio. We look forward to engaging in some valuable partnerships with the local government body so that together we improve Fundong.
Though these past few months have been a ‘see-saw’ of sorts we remain enthusiastic about our radio station as a tool to empower and change our community. We will persevere through the difficulties ! We thank you all for your contributions to our BCR community and hope you can share this opportunity to support us to your friends and family.
Boyo Community Radio (BCR) in a bid to continuously educate, inform and sensitize the population of Boyo Division on the need to achieve more develop how multiplies radio programs within the past three months in the areas of health, environment, human rights and politics.
Over the past three months BCR has ran many health programs. These were carried out to the population though radio spots and health talks given by Boyo Mutual Health Organization—which is a solidarity fund contributed by community members to enable them to acquire good health services at reduced costs. Also, BCR held a radio program focused on pregnant women the program is titled ‘Sweet Pregnancy’. It sensitizes women to attend clinks early so as to reduce the risk of their babies being infected in the case they have a disease live HIV. Programs also touch other health topics like malaria, cholera and dysentery. This is done with the partnership of some organizations like Better Family Foundation (BFF), local government centre LOGNET and the doctors of the government hospital.
In the domain of politics, the radio played a very important role in educating the population to register and vote during the September 30th, 2013 municipal and legislative elections in Cameroon. Between May 1st to July 2nd the radio informed the population where ELECAM was registering people and has now developed some radio spots to sensitize voters to get their cards and perform their civic duties when election take place on September 30th, 2013. More women are encourage to join politics through radio program with the support of Community Initiative for Sustainable Development Change Communications and many others.
Human rights has also been the focus of the radio working with NGO’s like PLAN Cameroon, International Circle for the Promotion of Creating and government services of Women Empowerment and the Family through programs that touch mostly on the rights of children and widows. For example, radio spots in Pidgin English produced by CIPCRE on the need to denounce abuses of children’s rights. Coverage of workshops, seminars and conferences like the 16th edition of African Child’s Day on 16 June 2013 and the 3rd International Day of Widows on Junes 23rd, 2013 was also done.
In the domain of environment, BCR on June 14, 2013 carried out a radio program with Better Family Foundation on how and why the population should protect water systems to ensure sustainability. Another program on the population’s participation in cleaning the town of Fundong was run on the radio June 26, 2013 and the District Medical Officer of the Fundong Health Center was a gust on the program to talk about the health effects of a dirty environment. Radio programs on the need to avoid bush burning or rampant tree cutting was also produced by the radio.
In the midst of all these struggles by the radio to produce these program to contribute in community development we faced challenges include:
-Absence of good recording equipment and good microphones
-Constant breakdown of the radio transmitter
-Insufficient financial means to carryout field work and motivate staff
-The radio lacks real trained journalists.
Station Manger Deng Eric
Boyo Community Radio is growing rapidly these days! With each passing day it is becoming more and more common to hear it being broadcasted over local shops and offices. It's becoming a truly popular source of information regarding politics, cultural events, news and entertainment.
Recently the radio had attended the Handing Over Ceremony of the Kfuni-Itong Village water project. It was very exciting to hear the address of the Divisional Officer being broadcasted live over the airwaves. This afforded people in all of Boyo Division to feel as if they too were at the monumentus event.
Along side of this progress are certainly a fair share of challenges. Every day at the radio station is a capacity building exercise of sorts for it's volunteer staff members. So, sometimes attendance to meetings is a bit low and certainly almost always late. But, these, after all, are the conditions we're operating in! So we will perceviere.
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