Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all

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Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all
Keep ORS-FM Maasai community radio on-air for all

Project Report | Feb 7, 2024
Attempted theft of our Solar Panels!

By Frances James | Development Engineer

The solar array before the incident
The solar array before the incident

Hello to all our supporters!

Last month, we experienced a significant development at the Maasai Community Radio, and it is with thanks for your contributions that we share this update. Your donations have consistently empowered us to provide impactful Maasai language radio programs and updates for the broader Simanjiro community.

Regrettably, during a recent incident, a group of six individuals staying at the OMASI hostel attempted to steal the solar panels powering both the radio and the borehole at the OMASI center. Although they managed to unmount eight panels, fortunately, they were unsuccessful in taking them. Unfortunately, three panels sustained damage in the process. Following the attempted theft, one person was apprehended by local law enforcement, while the remaining five fled the scene.

The individual in custody has accepted responsibility for the damage and agreed to pay 1 Million Tanzanian Shillings in installments to cover the costs of repairing the three damaged panels. However, to date, only a quarter of the total amount has been received.

Thanks to the ongoing support of individuals like you, we swiftly addressed the situation. With the funds contributed to this project, we were able to purchase new panels and promptly restore the array, minimizing any downtime for the Maasai language radio broadcasts. This incident underscores the critical importance of your donations and highlights the need for enhanced security measures, including fencing around solar arrays in Tanzania. Rest assured, we are actively working to improve the security infrastructure to safeguard our equipment and ensure the continuity of our impactful programs.

Once again, thank you for your support, which enables us to overcome challenges and continue making a positive impact in the Simanjiro community.

Maasai Radio
Maasai Radio
Damage to the connection box
Damage to the connection box
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Oct 11, 2023
Empowering the Maasai Community: Ensuring the Future of ORS-FM Community Radio Station

By Laurie Kent | Development Engineer

Jun 21, 2023
ORS FM update

By Bernie Jones | Project leader

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Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @E4SmartVillages
Project Leader:
Bernie Jones
Abingdon , Oxfordshire United Kingdom
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