Pamoja FM-Giving a Voice to Kibera Slum

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Pamoja FM, a community radio station in Kibera slum, Nairobi came to the fore during the 2007-2008 election violence, where they acted as a calming influence on the citizens in Kibera, which was in stark contrast with many comparable stations, which incited violence over this period.  In this way, they remained true to their name which means ‘Unity’ in Swahili.

Pamoja FM formed in 2007 to empower the youth of Kibera through education and information and it now transmits over a radius of 35-40km of Nairobi, giving a voice to citizens who are otherwise disempowered and keeping residents informed about issues which dramatically impact upon their daily existence.

The station’s vision is to ‘create, develop, apply, and transmit through its thematic radio shows, knowledge, skills, and understanding at various human development levels to ensure equal, sustainable development, and peaceful co-existence among the various communities of Kibera’.

The station offers internship opportunities to college students and also provides opportunities for the less fortunate in the community to participate in the production of their own media through radio call-ins.

Pamoja is working closely with FrontlineSMS Radio to enable two-way communication with their listeners in real-time.  The Indigo Trust has awarded Pamoja FM a grant of £2213 for equipment which will enable the effective execution of this intervention.

Listen to Michael their production manager here and Adam Hussen, their founder here.

 
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6 Responses to Pamoja FM-Giving a Voice to Kibera Slum

  1. FrontlineSMS are delighted to be collaborating with the Indigo Trust on the Radio Project at what is a very exciting time for the development of this specialist hybrid tool which will enable two-way interaction between radio programmes and their listeners.

    We have been working with partner radio stations who are already using the core FrontlineSMS platform, including Pamoja FM. Users have given feedback which will influence the features to be included in the software so that the result is tailored to the requirements of a community radio station, due for release in 2011.

    We’re thrilled by the news that the Indigo Trust are supporting Pamoja FM by helping to equip them with the tools to put this initiative into place. For updates follow us on Twitter @smsradio

    Congratulations Indigo and PamojaFM! \~/

    We wish Pajoma the best

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  3. Jambo!
    You are running a radio spot for us announcing our Writers Contest. Some of the contact information is incorrect. Andrew Otieno will be contacting you with the changes. if you will be so kind as to air the corrections it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. Alice Bratton

  4. luke griffin awino says:

    THIS AN APPRECIATION TO THE GOOD WORK YOU GUYS ARE DOING,AND AS A PERSON WHO HAVE A DREAM TO BE IN THE MEDIA WORLD ESPECIALLY TO EDUCATE AND INFORM PEOPLE,I’M GLAD THAT ,I WILL FIND MY FOOTING WITH THIS STATION…GOOD LUCK MAY GOD BLESS YOUR WORK. LONG LIVE PAMOJA.

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  6. Kenneth Rotich says:

    I was once there as head of Programmes, Mrketing and Communications Officer. It was beautiful to be with Pamoja Fm. I am glad FrontlineSMS Radio has partnered withPamoja Fm to further the continuity and sustainability of Pamoja FM’s mission in Kibera.
    To Hussein Adam, the Founder, am proud of your work and you’ve gained respect of a many youth in the area. “Endelea na Moyo Huo”. Mola aibariki Pamoja FM na FrontlineSMS Radio.

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