DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
The Children’s Radio Foundation began working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2011.
2015 saw the inception of two new youth radio projects, both run in collaboration with Congolese media NGO, Secteur Media. The first one involves 15 youth living on the streets of Kinshasa or in shelters, who have been trained to produce radio shows about the unique issues they face and in doing so affirm the rights of street youth across the country.
CRF youth radio project in Equateur province, focuses on the marginalization of indigenous people. To date, 45 young reporters from the three projects sites continue to produce weekly radio shows that are broadcast on local radio stations in the region. These reporters engage their local community around youth rights in general and particularly the rights of the indigenous people of the Batwa pygmy background.
2016 brings our focus to expanding a youth radio project in Kinshasa aimed at awareness raising and erosion of stigma around LGBT issues. We will also implement a youth radio network at three sites in the Bas-Congo province, to facilitate the reporting on youth livelihoods in the context of the development of the Inga Hydropower Dam initiative.
STATION STAFF TRAINED AS FACILITATORS | 44 YOUTH TRAINED AS REPORTERS