Koch FM is a community radio station that was launched in 2006 by the youth of Korogocho slum. Korogocho is the fourth largest informal settlement in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The slum is estimated to cover 1.5 square kilometers, with an estimated dense population of between 150,000 to 200,000 people from varied ethnic groups.
The conception of Koch FM was somewhat accidental, the young men and women originally planned to make a series of short documentaries depicting the life of people in Korogocho capturing their daily realities and struggles in order to tell the Korogocho stories from a positive and fair perspective countering the discriminations that the people living Korogocho had been facing for many years because of the area reputation portrayed in the mainstream media.
The radio’s mission is to provide a platform for the community to address their issues through information sharing, education and communication with an aim to promote social, political and economic well-being of the Korogocho community and the general listenership. This is done through radio programs and also through acting as a community conversation forum.
Summary of issues of local public concern identified by inhabitants of the signal area of Koch 99.9 FM:
- Limited access to food items
- Increasing prices of food items
- Poor sanitation & hygiene
- Inadequate water
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse
- Inadequate Health Facilities
- High Crime rates and Gender Based Violence
- Laxity and loopholes in the legal justice system