Update: August 10, 2010
U.S. Visit Helps 'The Voice of Hope' Radio Representatives Learn New Marketing Methods
From the Texas Annual Conference
Tours of two diverse radio stations were among the highlights of a recent visit to Texas by Madame Lydie Acquah, director of “The Voice of Hope” radio station in Cote d’Ivoire, and Isaac Broune, conference communicator and translator.
Read more about the Cote d’Ivoire communicators in Texas.
Update: July 16, 2010
Bienvenue, Lydie et Isaac!By Tim Tanton
Ivorians Celebrate Radio Station of Hope
By Tim Tanton
United Methodists showed how to throw a party with the daylong celebration of a new radio station—a celebration so joyful and energetic that it could not be dampened by downpours outside.
“We are happy that God has inspired the church to build this radio station to serve the glory of his name,” Bishop Benjamin Boni declared, standing outside the station’s brightly polished wooden doors March 14.
Read more about the celebration of hope
If the man had been taken to Dabou hospital first, he could have been stabilized before going on to Abidjan, and he probably would have survived, Degny says.
“This is the kind of information that radio can help us send across,” he says. He hopes the new United Methodist radio station in Abidjan will help reduce such incidents by broadcasting information about health matters and the hospital’s services.
Read more about life-changing radio
Lenten self-denial aids Côte d’Ivoire
By Barbara Dunlap-Burg
United Methodists are being encouraged to respond to a Lenten/Easter challenge to help Radio Methos, the church’s newly launched radio station in Côte d’Ivoire. The goal is $70,000, the cost of broadcasting for one year.
In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa—where electricity and the Internet are unreliable, where many people cannot read or write, and where roads are often impassable—it may take weeks or even months for people to get news and information. Communication is a matter of life and death.Read more about Radio Methos
Radio Methos currently has a director, director’s assistant and four technicians on staff. Journalists and/or anchors are being recruited and will be mentored by the Cote d’Ivoire Conference communicator.
As partners, the director is organizing fundraising in Cote d’Ivoire with a goal of ultimately making the station completely supported by the conference.
People are responding positively to Radio Methos. A lot of people have turned their dial to 101.6 FM. Some have bought radio sets just to listen to Radio Methos; even people who do not share the Christian faith.
By Tim Tanton
People in this West African country are receiving messages of hope along with information to enhance their lives through a new radio station launched by The United Methodist Church.
Read more about the launch of "Voice of Hope"radio
Imagine unreliable electricity and Internet,
Not being able to read or write,
How does information make its way through the human family in a time of crisis?
Amplify Hope by giving some of the earth’s poorest and most isolated people the ability to communicate and to become better educated. Put power back into their lives.
The Voice of Hope (101.6 FM) will shape content around the community and its needs, in the residents' own social and cultural context, and deliver it in their languages – reaching as many as 1 million people in Abidjan and 3 million in rural areas.
Amplify Hope through programs that matter
Radio is a primary means of communication in countries with high illiteracy rates.
Do people living in poverty have access to radios?
Each year, excellent radio programming aimed at assisting the poor goes unheard because they lack access to radios. They miss hearing critical information that can:
How will listeners get radios?
Women in rural communities will be given self-powered Freeplay Foundation LIFELINE® radios.
Women often are communication “hubs” in rural Côte d’Ivoire – sharing information with family members and the greater community.
How will they power their radios?
Operation is free because the solar panels and hand crank provide the power.
How can I supply a radio to someone in need?
Your $60 (USD) gift will provide a LIFELINE® radio to a family in rural Côte d’Ivoire.
How can I support messages that improve health, nurture faith, and increase the standard of living through education?
$100 (USD) will provide one-half hour of life-saving, life-changing messages.
How can I support in-depth programming on topics such as disease prevention, peace and reconciliation, modern farming techniques and women’s issues?
$200 (USD) supports one hour of in-depth programs that will transform individuals and communities.