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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

A 16 year old youth reporter from the rural town of Cala in South Africa shares her beautiful story of being given the opportunity to host a music chat show for her community radio station, Vukani FM. With the money she earns, she can help provide for her family.

‘My name is Siphosethu Adam, I am a 16 year old youth reporter in Cala. I represent iSkeem Somthombo Wolwazi for the best community radio station in the cool Eastern Cape province. I have been in the project for 2 years now, and my roles in the show are to host and research for the show.

These roles have helped in shaping who I am today, because before the project I had no self-confidence and mostly I was afraid to let my voice out. There were times I felt too little, like I did not belong in the world and I could not let my opinions be heard by others at school. But now I can proudly stand in the crowd and stand for what I feel is right and...

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On Universal Children’s Day, November 20th, our street youth reporters in Kinshasa advocate for their rights. They observed this day together with church members and pastors from the ‘Assemblies of God’ Church, in the municipality of Kisensu in the DRC. This day observed by the United Nations, is celebrated each year to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

After the main church sermon, our partner from REEJER, Denis Mabwa introduced the issue of child witchcraft, and three testimonial stories were shared by the youth reporters. Our partners were given a space to talk about how the Church can play a negative role in not only the rejection and abandonment of children accused of witchcraft but also to entrench this belief of child witches in the community. It was pointed out that some point in Kinshasa, out of...

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Exciting updates from one of our projects in the DRC: Jeunialissime, an LGBTI rights organisation in Kinshasa that facilitates open discussion on sexual orientation and gender expression through a radio show, is now live on air. Originally a podcast, the show has extended its reach to FM radio.

Since October 2016, the weekly program has a wider listener base now that it also broadcasts on radio RTVS1, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Kinshasa. In 2014, Patou Izai felt the need to open the debate on LGBTI issues to the public in Kinshasa. Along with his team, they began producing ‘Jeuniafrica’ which started online broadcasting every week via Soundcloud, with positive feedback from the community. This video we produced with Makhulu Productions tells Patou’s story. “We are working to change the perceptions that people have of LGBTI people and promote human rights, with the ultimate goal of...

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Mr Punch is our facilitator at Mams FM in Mamelodi near Pretoria. He shares his journey from music production into radio, and his highlights of working with the Children’s Radio Foundation.

Location: Mamelodi East, Gauteng, South Africa

Capricorn is my star sign as I was born on the 1st of January at the place called Bushbuckridge, east of Mpumalanga.  At the age of five I moved to Mamelodi. I was only 17 when I started a kwaito group called Nice guys and we released our debut album. In 2007 I did my first short film called Karma, which aired on SABC 1, and I also released my first album as a solo artist. In 2012 I joined our local radio station Mams FM.

How did you get involved with the CRF?

I was introduced to the program by my Programs Manager Sipho Malinda, after the previous facilitator retired. My Program Manager chose me because I did work with youth before. Before I came to our radio station I...

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Our radio project with youth living on streets around the Gambela Market in Kinshasa, DRC was recently featured on the Al Jazeera news website.

The feature article by journalist Didem Tali outlines the life challenges that many of the street youth have faced and the intense stigma they deal with on a daily basis. Our radio project, supported by Feba Radio UK has trained 17 young people to be broadcasters, and goes a long way to shift perspectives about street children in that community.

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