Proposal to Build a Community Media Center and Radio Station in Kangemi, Kenya To help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation now at www.ucimc.org/info/donate to “Kangemi CMC” Pro-active youth group Kangemi kindly requests support to start a community media center and radio station in Kangemi. ORGANIZATION INFORMATION Pro-active youth group is a community based organization registered under the registrar of society (cap 208) laws of Kenya. The group was formed at the beginning of the year 2004.It is situated in Kangemi,10km from Nairobi city center, covering a scale of 1.2500,with a population of 450,000 people of different ethnic groups. These are the people who live with less than a dollar a day. Our offices are situated in the former chiefs’ camp Kangemi. Cohort youths decided after completing high school, they decided that it was time for them to bring change in the community they come from. They decided to start a youth group which was to ensure that it was pro-active in solving the insurmountable problem facing the community, instead of being reactive to the said problems. The community had become despondent, which trigged thirteen youth – 7 males and 6 females - to bring about the hope and the solution. They are founding members of the group. We work with dozens of members. The group has its constitution that stipulates that elections will be held annually which is always the case. The group has the chairman and his assistant, treasure and the secretary whose duties are well delineated in the constitution. We also have other committees to help in smooth running of other groups activities, for example social committee, welfare committee and recreation committee. OUR MISSION 1. Promote and encourage sustainable impact-oriented youth initiatives in Kangemi area, its environs and beyond its borders. 2. Promote the harmonization of the youth initiatives in furtherance of justice, equity, human rights, good governance, and reconciliation in the community and beyond. 3. Establish a youth forum for the exchange of information, experience, resources and mentorship. 4. Promote lobbying and advocacy of the members for the community. 5. Conduct a research and publish on issues facing Kangem. OUR ARCHIVEMENTS 1. Supporting of 20 children from the local children’s orphanage to go to school. 2. Rehabilitating and repairing of Kangemi primary school which has a total of 1,014pupils with 50-100 to a classroom. We partnered with other organization and mobilized the community to help in the initiative. 3. By holding a major clean-up where we were able to clean Kangemi area and change its squalor look. 4. We held a big variety show where young stars come to explore their talent. PROBLEM/NEEDS According to research that we conducted in Kangemi in October 2006, showed that the radio station that are in the country are unable to articulate the issue of the majority of people. This is because of how they are commercialized. Thus their aim is to make money as opposed to making the media a tool to fight for social justice. Most of the people feel that they have been abandoned by the so called leaders who purport to represent them. This is due to lack of means to engage the leaders and the community to interact without the leaders feeling pompous. It is the community opinion that media has abdicated their responsibility. Most of the groups we interviewed told us of their experiences when approaching the media to cover what they are doing in the community. They told us of questions asked in order to find out whether they are worth to be covered. The question is,” what, where, why, who" and so”. This also means they have to proof that a very important person will attend, so that it can be selling news. The community state that it was essential for the community to have a community radio station which will enable them to hold the leaders accountable and at the same time bridge the gap that exist between them. They also reminded us of forums that we hold to educate the community that the community radio will help in getting the information to as many people as possible. For example we hold a workshop on behavior change in order to curb the killer disease HIV aids amongst young people. We will be holding a program on behavior change. Community radios will create the impetus accountability and development. It is evident that the world is moving from the trade of goods to the trade of knowledge. The community can no longer turn a blind eye to this fact. We have no single library in Kangemi that people can ac cess in order to nourish their brain, It is imperative to start a resource centre so we can have books for the members of the community to access. Kangemi as a residential area has no centers with computers and informative books thus hindering the expounding of knowledge amongst youths in this area. By starting a small computer training centre within the neighborhood it shall give easy access to persons interested. At affordable rate many youths will be exposed and will benefit from this project. A small fee will be charged for those who can afford. Those who can’t afford will not be charged. WORK PLAN/SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES The goal of this project is to increase the power of the community to tell the story in their own way. Also as a vehicle to agitate for social justice. It aims at ameliorating things in the community. We are working on different programs that ensure that it addresses the needs of the community, This programs include, children program, program for the disabled, women program, youth program, elders program, we will also formulate a program on health in which we will invite experts. Another program will be on leaders answering question from public. Pro-active and the community are working closely to ensure that the community owns the radio station and that they contribute to ensure that the project is a success . PEOPLE TO WORK ON RADIO STATION Members of the community have agreed together with members of pro-active to work on voluntary basis for starters. The group is also taking some people for training on radio presentation and other things on radio. As we speak we have one of our members who is working in one of the leading radio station in the country. She has agreed to commit herself in the radio station. PLANS WHICH ARE ALREADY IN PLACE The community has come up with the name of the radio station as (UNGEM FM) which is the short name for Kangemi. We also have a transmitter, due to the World Social Forum IMC convergence, and a place to establish it. OUTCOMES OR IMPACT OF THE RADIO STATION It is our strongest conviction that the community radio station will be able to serve more than 450,000 people residing in Kangemi domain. Since it will be a Non-profit making radio station, it will give those people who have been denied the opportunity by other commercial radio station. Also the local artists will be able to showcase their rich talent. FUTURE FUNDING As a group we are starting other income generating activities that will be able to sustain the UNGEM FM. We will be establishing partnership with Kenya IMC, Koch FM, and other like- minded people. EVALUATION We are approaching different groups which will be going around the community and having the community comment whether the project is achieving the desired impact by use of questionnaires. This will be done after every three months. BUDGET Copper pipe (30 feet’s) sh3000 (42$) PVC Fitting sh60 (0.83$0) PVC Pipe sh50 (0.6$) Copper wire sh2100 (29$) Plumbing solder sh300 (4$) 30 meters of RG58coax sh2200 (31$) 80 cm computer box fan sh800 (11$) 1/4 watt resistors-100 OHM sh ( Mixers sh 17000 (236$) Cassette decks sh 7000 (97$) CDPlayer sh 7000 (97$) Stereo RCA to RCA cable sh 400 (6$) Microphones (w) stands sh 1400 (19$) 4 microphones sh6000 (83$) Microphone cable 30 feet sh 2400 (33$) Headphones splitters, headphone adaptor sh 4000 (56$) RCA to 1/8 stereo phone cables sh3500 (49$) A table’s sh7,000 (97$) Chairs (4) sh12,000 (167$) Extension chord (5holes)*3 sh700 (10$) Adjustable sh500 (7$) Solder gun sh200 (3$) Solder roll sh675 (9$) Hacksaw sh195 (3$) Soldering Iron sh950 (13$) Hand tool Box sh1095 (15$) Metal Box sh800 (11$) Containers40ftby8 (2) +Transport sh410, 000 (5,691$) 2 Personal computers (PC) sh92000 (1,277$) 2 commercial Fans sh3000 (42$) Radio station permit sh30000 (416$) AICO Diesel Generator sh86,000 (1,194$) Water Dispenser(RM/413 Ramton)+Can sh14,200 (197$) Total 721,125 (10,015.625$) In addition, we are looking for additional books, computers, tables, chairs, printers, scanners, photocopy machine, laminator machine, binding machine – donated or purchased.