Foundation Programs: Central Conference Communications Initiative (CCCI)

The Foundation spearheaded the effort in 2006-2007 to raise $253,000 to fund 15 communications centers in 14 African countries. We also helped with three radio stations in Liberia, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2009, the Foundation’s focus is assisting 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 to communicate due to low literacy levels, which limit print media’s impact. In Cote d’Ivoire, there are 62 recognized languages. On Africa continent, more than 900 million people speak over 2,000 languages. Radio is the best way to communicate.

During 2009, the Foundation is working with the Central Conference Communications Initiative team to develop funding sources to establish and sustain for the first two years of operation 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 CCCI, the radio stations will serve as an integral part of the distant learning centers broadcasting curricula.

The goal is to have the Radio Cote d’Ivoire air its first programs on Christmas Eve 2009. The station will be constructed by then as well as employing staff and developing program content to air 15 hours /day 7 days a week. We are seeking support to underwrite radio programs in 2009 and 2010. The goal is to raise $200,000 by December 2009 to sustain the operations and programming of the Radio Cote d’Ivoire.

Have you considered sponsoring hour of radio programming for $50/hour? Just think, your contribution will allow Radio Cote d’Ivoire to broadcast programs that nourish the soul, provide opportunities to teach new more efficient agriculture techniques and advice, provide nourishment for the mind with educational programs from the distant learning center and to provide information and advice on better nutrition, and health information on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB that will help to eliminate diseases of poverty.

Have you considered pledging a monthly contribution that is charged to your credit card? Monthly contributions are an easy way of support this ministry. To pledge, just 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 an hour or even a day of programs or hosting a special event such as a walk-a-thon, Call the Foundation at (615) 742-5776 or email us at Foundation@umcom.org.

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