We can proudly announce that the radios and lights that our GlobalGiving supporters have donated are on route to Dadaab. We’d like to thank you for your generosity and compassion at a time when information access in the Dadaab camps is dire, especially for women. Thanks to you hundreds of women will finally be able to listen to critical and practical information about health, hygiene and female genital cutting, in addition to announcements, news and current events.
Only a fraction of women refugees have radio access and our solar and wind-up Prime radios will make a huge and lasting difference to them and the decisions they make.
In addition to the radios, a small number of Nokero solar lights are also being distributed to secondary school girls who have no means to study after dark. Nokero is a partner organisation of Lifeline Energy.
But we’re not going to stop here, and neither should you!
Tens of Thousands of women urgently need information access. That reality is closer than you think as a new radio station, Dadaab FM, has recently started broadcasting to the refugee population. The station will increase local content offerings in the Somali language and open up a world of possibilities.
We will be working closely with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the agency appointed by the UNHCR to run the camps. LWF will take an active role in distributing of radios, to cultivate this promising radio station, as well as monitoring the women’s listening groups. Although nascent, Dadaab FM is keen to give women a key role in content creation and presentation. Somali women will have a voice and a say in what they learn and how they develop. But remember, this station is limited in its reach without listening access!
With the constant negative media reports about Somalis in general, it's increasingly difficult to fundraise for this high impact initiative supporting at-risk women. We are reaching out to our supporters to spread the word and help us to continue to assist Somali women refugees.
Tweet your support with #Information4Dadaab.
Again, Lifeline Energy and the hundreds of women that you’ve helped thank you.
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