Youth County Projects Kenya in partnership with Bus Radio media a Community Based Organisation are requesting donor support to purchase equipment for a Community Radio Station in Kajiado County worth USD 21,934 .
Bus Radio Media began in the year 2010 as a youth group of young professional journalists and activists with good credentials and motives in radio broadcast. The project motivated the members who saw the fruits and started thinking of it becoming a Community Based Organization with its board and management team. In 2014 it was registered as a CBO under the ministry of Gender and Social Development and in 2015 with Communications Authority of Kenya. Bus Radio Media Services has received training on Code of Ethics and Media Literacy offered by UNESCO in conjunction with Media Council of Kenya in the year 2015.
Community Radio’s has become what we call a “vital weapon to enhance peaceful public participation and dissemination of information through community radio. A bridge to close the gap between the rich and the poor .That in mind, Bus Radio Media intends to empower,enlighten, inform and capacity build Kajiado County community through participation in live radio programs and public participation forums [barazas].
Bus Radio Media as a Community Based Organization has been very vibrant and active in Kajiado County and has been collecting data and broadcasting News, developments, projects and initiatives to capacity build the community of Kajiado County to take responsibilities of the current activities in terms of growth through community radio.
The population of Kajiado County in the last census  shows that 689,560 people reside in the County. Amongst the population 54% are Maa speaking community, better known to us the Maasai and 46% being the rest of 41 tribes.
Communication and information dissemination has been a major challenge especially in public participation forums, due to factors such as mother tongues applied to express issues and education illiteracy. The raging issues at hand that Bus Radio intends to expose include the illiteracy level of the communities in the remote areas, hindrances to women’s progress including being sidelined in the political stage, girls struggling to acquire education.
Vices such as Female genital mutilation [FGM] being practiced in remote areas since time immemorial as a way of conserving rituals, traditions and culture, among multiple injustices that have been exercised in major parts of Kajiado County, example being the land policy and insecurity.
High level of computer illiteracy and access to online services is very difficult to people in the remote areas. Analog systems are still applied in different institutions in the rural or remote areas of Kajiado County.
Lack of proper road network to enable smooth flow of food transportation and access to health services due to terrains in our County of Kajiado.
Bus Radio Media seeks to:
- Create partnerships with Local Companies, Firms, Co-Operates, County Government, local NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, Administration, youth and women groups to ensure proper flow of communication and dissemination of information.
- Invite interested non-political parties to come on board to enable the radio station air programs attached to priorities and agendas from the community of Kajiado County.
- Get into Memorandum Of Agreements with interested stakeholders to enable development and sustainabilityof the On Air local programs
- Identify organizations that have community interest to sponsors programs and local contents to be aired.Programs to be sponsored independently to enable listeners content of their choice
Prospective partners/donors can get in touch with Youth County Projects Kenya via email firstname.lastname@example.org to be furnished with the detailed proposal and budget as well as certificates from Bus Radio Media services.
Thank you for supporting the Maasai’s and enabling them receive information through this valuable service-Community Radio Station.