The radio was born by the Mangelete Community Integrated Development Project (MCIDP), which brings together 33 poor rural women groups from the locations of Nthongoni, Ivingoni, and Masongaleni – all located in the same district. The women groups originally started as radio listening groups and were exchanging information on reproductive health, agriculture and other developmental issues. Through this, it was realized that the establishment of a radio station would enhance their knowledge and they would be able to acquire more information as well as enhance their participation.
Mang’elete Radio went on air on February 22, 2004 at 10.46 am. The station broadcasts up to a radius of 100km (around Sultan Hamud and Caltex Petrol station, Voi). It covers the whole of Makueni district, Kitui district, and parts of Mwingi, Machakos, Kajiado and Taita Taveta. The physical location of the station, Nthongoni and its environs is a very hot area and the lack of water makes the area a very dry region. The problem of drought and malnutrition therefore brought people together and in particular the women who formed the rural 33 women groups.
The station’s vision is:
To ensure an informed community, which participates in its own development. Uplift the community’s standard of living, to articulate development issues, empower the community to make informed decisions and to conduct research into community needs as well as offer a platform for the promotion of local culture.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Mang’elete Radio’s coverage area:
- Waterborne diseases – Typhoid
- Low rainfall
- Storage of produce
- Outdated farming techniques
- Destruction of crops by wild animals
- Soil erosion
Radio Magelete’s station manager Meshack Nyamai and technical person Moris Muendo talk about the history of Radio Mangelete and the impact that UNESCO’s project has on the station’s development. To know more about what Mangalete’s professionals expect from their participation in the project, listen below to an audio presentation of Radio Mangelete:
Resources and further information
Related capacity building workshops
Nthongoni Market, 14Km West of Mtito Andei town in Makueni County.