September | Children's Radio Foundation


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Future Positive host a live event at Nolungile Clinic, Khayalitsha.

Launch of the Future Positive Project

September saw the kick-off of our most innovative project so far.

The idea for Future Positive was developed in the township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town South Africa, where 28% of the community is infected with HIV and many more are affected by the virus

While anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is available, it has proven difficult to get young people to access treatment and services, with stigma remaining the biggest challenge.

Working with a network of young reporters, local organizations, radio stations, and youth clinics, the project has shown amazing results in 2013, challenging perceptions, opening dialogues, transforming youth clinics into youth-friendly places, and allowing youth to create their own messages around HIV.

incubator projects

CRF incubator projects are all Cape Town-based small scale special projects. They allow CRF to experiment with different approaches for using radio to grow youth leaders. In 2013, CRF had six incubator projects:

Brooklyn Chest Hospital Youth Reporters

This project is based at a tuberculosis hospital and facilitates the creation of audio diaries, documenting young patient’s experiences of being hospitalized for multiple months.

Siviwe Youth Reporters

From 2013, we have been working with a small group of young women (13-17 years old) who stay at Onsplek, the only residential child and youth care center in Cape Town for girls who have lived on the streets. The youth have gone through the basic training of media skills, ranging from storytelling to using the equipment and interviewing. This is a huge step for the project, and for their confidence, and kudos to Yumna Martin for her work with these remarkable young women. The Onsplek initiative is funded through donations from CRF-SA Board members Victoria Nel and Karen Dudley.

Future Positive

In collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontieres, CRF works with groups of youth who use radio to reach out to young people in their community about HIV and AIDS .

COSAT Optimistic Youth Reporters

CRF works in partnership with a group of youth at the Center for Science and Technology (COSAT ) a well-known and top performing school, in Khayelitsha, to produce radio output.

Manenberg Young Reporters

Manenberg Young Reporters work in partnership with the Druiwevlei Community Center in Manenberg, to create space for young people to express themselves about their community lives.

Rock Girls

Rock Girls work in partnership with young girls at Red River Primary School in Manenberg. Girls are introduced to the medium of radio as a tool of expression and dialogue in their community.