Evangelical missionary organization HCJB Global is utilizing radio to aid in the effort to bring clean water and sanitation to the world.
As part of its effort, HCJB Global – through its two main ministries, HCJB Global Voice and HCJB Global Hands – is providing follow-up training via radio to Sub-Saharan Africans who attended the recent Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conference in Ghana.
At the conference, participants received essential training and practical applications for their own locales. And now, through the airwaves, HCJB Global is integrating the conference training with delivery of information to the grassroots to advance the movement.
“Every day 4,000 children die of water-related diseases. No other single intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global poverty than the provision of safe water,” noted Sheila Leech, the mission’s Vice President of International Healthcare. “Adding sanitation and hygiene to clean water raises the improvement in people’s health from 20% to 85% at relatively little cost and huge impact on human lives. Now that we are able to communicate through radio with people in remote villages about simple tasks that will save their lives, the results are multiplied exponentially.”
In addition to providing follow-up training, HCJB Global has been encouraging its radio ministry partners to help in translating the WASH curriculum into a delivery-system to teach the principles of sanitation and hygiene through radio spots and programs.
“We value our radio partners as vital in communicating life-saving and life-changing basic principles of sanitation and hygiene. Radio is the most direct avenue to transform communities in the most remote regions,” said Beth Patton, Director of Priority Projects. “We will send teams into villages and communities, but we cannot reach them all. Radio will go where we cannot.”
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PHOTO ABOVE: Man listening to radio. Photograph courtesy of HCJB Global.
Published: July 26, 2012