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

How can we make our communities safer? How can young people contribute to feeling safe in their own communities in South Africa? We recently launched a 2-year project in partnership with Gun Free South Africa, with funding support from the European Union.

Using the power of radio, youth broadcasters will ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, and get young people involved in making their communities safer.

This audio report spoke to some people attending our launch event in Cape Town on August 3rd, to hear more about the project and experiences of violence in different communities.

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This week, CRF Global Youth Ambassador Brighton Kaoma met with President Barack Obama at the Obama Foundation to discuss the role of young African leaders in bringing about sustainable solutions to the challenges their communities face.

Being the only young African to meet President Obama from a pool of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2017 was a life changing experience for Brighton. He says, “During my half an hour meeting with President Barack Obama, we discussed issues around the global threat of climate change and why it’s relevant for each and everyone to rise to the occasion and act to mitigate and adapt to this challenge of our generation.”

We congratulate you Brighton, and are so proud of all that you have been doing and stand for!
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Over five thousand miles may separate us, but I found much in common with our youth reporters in Zambia. We want the best for our communities and young people and we all feel we have a role in bringing about the change we need to see to make that happen. Whether that is at home in the United Kingdom or Kitwe, Zambia.

Usually I spend my days hunting down funds and promoting the work of CRF in the United Kingdom. I spend my days on conference calls, hovering over spreadsheets and nights worrying about funding. It is a welcome, refreshing change to visit our youth reporters in Kitwe.

We arrived on World Water Day and spent the day with youth, visiting a local river. They told us the river was polluted and that when it floods, the children can’t cross to get to school and many people who are dependent on the local charcoal trade have their livelihoods cut off. In the face of this, not despair but...

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Our Cape Town based staff and South African regional trainers recently participated in a two-day training with Gun Free South Africa, ahead of our European union funded community safety project.

Adele Kirsten, the director of Gun Free South Africa facilitated the interactive training along with her colleague Nurahn Ryklief, Communications and Community Development Officer. Here, the team are doing a community mapping exercise, reflecting on personal gun violence experiences.

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Our radio work with young people across Africa was recently featured in the Radio World international publication, a radio industry magazine.

The article ‘CRF Grooms Child Broadcasters’, written by John Musuku, a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe gives the international radio community more insight into our work and our beginnings as an organisation. Click here to read the article on page 16.

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