We are delighted to report that 100 of our solar and wind-up Prime radios funded through the generosity of GlobalGiving donors are being distributed in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps. The lead organisation responsible for the distribution is UNHCR, who we have worked with since 2006 in Dadaab.
As we’ve mentioned before, our radios are never “just given away". In this instance, women’s listening groups will use them to access important information on health, hygiene, domestic violence, the environment and other practical programs. A guardian who is responsible for the radio’s use and care is either identified by UNHCR as a woman leader, or a listening group elects the guardian themselves. Each guardian signs a contract with UNHCR ensuring its proper use and care. Women convene to listen in groups of around 15 listeners who are usually neighbors. Favored programs include those broadcast on the Dadaab Community Radio Station, the Somali language Star FM and the BBC’s Somali Service. Although 15 may directly benefit from each radio, given the large size of Somali families, each radio is thought to indirectly benefit dozens.
In addition to the radios, we also sent solar lights from our lighting partner, Nokero. UNHCR distributed them to secondary school girls, particularly disadvantaged women and disabled children living in the camps. We know from our own experience how little light, other than expensive kerosene, there is at night in the camps.
Lifeline Energy is committed to providing vulnerable refugees in the camps with access to critical information and education. With the new community radio station Dadaab FM starting broadcasting this year, we hope to be working closely with them to help nurture original informational content.
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Thank you for your generosity.
The Lifeline Energy Team