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Foundation Programs: Central Conference Communications Initiative (CCCI)

 

The Foundation for United Methodist Communications spearheaded the effort to raise $253,000 in funding for fifteen communication centers in fourteen African countries. Three radio stations were also built in Liberia, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Foundation assisted in gathering support for the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) Radio station in partnership with the UMC of Cote d'Ivoire. In Africa, radio remains the most effective and efficient means by which to communicate due to low literacy levels that limits the impact of print media. In Cote d'Ivoire, there are 62 recognized languages. Radio is the best way to communicate on the continent of Africa that is home to more than 900 million people over 2,000 spoken languages. 

The Foundation funded the Central Conference Communications Initiative team to develop sources to establish and sustain the first two years of operations for the UMC radio station in Cote d'Ivoire. Future plans include expanding the radio station network to include Mozambique and the Philippines. In collaboration with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the radio stations serve as an integral part of the distant learning centers broadcasting curricula.

Radio Cote d'Ivoire, and other countries, can broadcast programs that nourish the mind, soul and body.  Programming examples include advice on efficient agriculture techniques, educational programs from the distant learning center, nutrition advice, and health information on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB to aid in preventing and eliminating diseases of poverty.

Did you know that you could sponsor this life-changing radio programming, even if only for one radio-hour?  Want to help? Click on the Donate Now button and complete the form. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

For more information on how you and/or your church can get involved by sponsoring a block of radio programming time or hosting a special fundraising event such as a walk-a-thon, call the Foundation at 1-866-521-1179 or email us at foundation@umcom.org.