- Published: Wednesday, 04 October 2017 03:54
Several new offices are being created from largely disused store rooms and this is necessary to accommodate the extra programs that have begun. Four new offices will be ready by the end of the month.
Already in her new office is the new Monitoring and Evaluation person. This position is funded by the USAid (Orphans and Vulnerable) OVC program. Their money is great but the demands on accountability are even greater. To cope with these new demands a new M&E team is in place. The former Public Relations person is now using her ongoing Master’s study on project management and she joins the new M&E person.
Another office is needed for the soon to be appointed Ruben F M radio Manager. The granting of a licence for a community radio has opened up a chance for the Centre to truly engage the Mukuru slums community. This journey began in 2012 with the first application to the now defunct Communications Commission of Kenya, but the journey got a new lease of life when this corrupt commission was replaced with an all new Communications Authority of Kenya. The return of a volunteer Tom Everett who helped prepare the first submission, was just the impetus needed to kick us into life and so we applied to new Commission and in three weeks a permission to go on air was granted.
Two more offices will be used by one of our partner NGO Wangu Kanja foundation. This NGO has been with the Centre for five years and were using the purpose built radio transmitting office and production room, but of course have had to be moved since the FM licence application being received. This NGO’s mission is ,’for awareness and education of Gender based sexual violence that is so prevalent in Kenyan society, prevention of further violence and for the care of victims of gender based violence. They will use one office for the team operating the programs and the other office is for a team of workers operating a SMS help line for victims. This is an exciting new opportunity for victims and is sponsored by Action Aid Kenya.
Once the new offices are occupied the radio broadcasting room and its recording office can be sound proofed and equipment purchased. Two positions to manage and operate the radio are currently being advertised. A logo competition and a jingle or branding come identity music tune is being sought. A time table to be on air is early November.
An additional onsite partner and Community Based Organisation (CBO) Mukuru Youth Initiative will be the reporters and news gatherers. They also will assist the Operations manager with production of programs and music, as a number of them have recording already. Stay tuned! Even overseas supporters and friends should be able to stream online Ruben F M.
Additional improvements are going on in the Baby Care centre Playground and also outside the Special Needs Unit where a grass area is being created. What a luxury we dream of with this small space. Our Special Needs children enjoying sunshine and real green grass to hang out on.