Weʼre raising £4,000 to fund Mvumi FM who have to build the aerial, set up transmitter, phone line, and studio. Half the studio equipment has been bought.
- Mvumi, Tanzania, near Dodoma.
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Mvumi Village has set up an FM radio station: "Mvumi FM". Half the equipment is already paid for, but Mvumi FM has to find about £2000 to build the aerial, set up the transmitter, phone line, and studio - and this may cost up to £2000. All the hard work is being done by Mvumi FM, but the equipment is being priced from the UK and from China.
Three teachers from Mvumi Secondary School have set Mvumi FM up, and need considerable initial financial support - after which the broadcasts should attract sponsorship and become a central communications hub within the village.
We have priced in the remaining technical equipment needed at about £2000, and we estimated the initial costs of the studio, transmitter, aerial, power supplies, and smaller items like extra microphones, cabling and soundproofing will be up to £2000. We are relying on the Mvumi FM team to set up local support for the studio, constructing the aerial and sourcing power supplies (including UPS).
We think that there will be a small boost in the sale of radios in the community, a significant amount of programming around the community, and support in the form of sponsorship and advertising. It may also be of use to the hospital, and the local schools.
The radio station will also support some employment for blind students from the school, a small number of whom are already involved.
Mvumi village is about 15,000 people, plus a huge 'catchment' area, it has three primary schools, two secondary schools, and large hospital that serves around 35,000 people.
This is a link to a blog by two volunteers who were at Mvumi Secondary School for around 15 months: http://alisonandhugh.blogspot.com.
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