#TBT on Radio Tsavo
We just came across this mix of the programs we made during our radio training program with RadioActive UK. Have a listen!
Radio Tsavo is a community based Radio Station- an idea that Amara Conservation had when recognizing the communities in remote areas in Tsavo lack access to a lot of information.
Unlike other media types, such as newspapers, radio stations have the ability to become a reliable source of information in areas where information is scarce. People from all around the County can search the airwaves for reliable sources of information even when phone lines are cut and the Internet is blocked. Rural communities benefit from local radio stations that provide news about local issues in their own language that would otherwise not make national headlines.
We know that “Change is the end result of all true learning and the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically” and by sharing knowledge, experiences between communities will bring distant communities with one another.
The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.
tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.