We are one week into our 6 week Viva Fund Campaign, raising funds for our Youth Program in El Salvador! This article continues the Viva Fund series, outlining the expansion and successes of our program. Learn about the Youth Program and give generously to support youth-led community radio in El Salvador.
Mangrove radio has been a critical part of community organizing in the Lower Lempa region of El Salvador for many years and continues to be since coming back on the air. Mangrove Radio shares local and national news and raises awareness about environmental issues. In addition, it functions as an early disaster warning system. Mario Martinez, a member of the original Mangrove Radio team leads the youth in training, sharing his knowledge and experience in divulging information. The new group of youth, who began broadcasting last December, is ready to take on the challenge of representing the communities and helping their voices be heard.
David Marroquin, one of the Youth Program coordinators, who also forms part of the radio team notes how the radio was born out of the desires of the community. “We need an alternative media source. The communities don’t feel represented by the media,” he says. “It’s important that the communities identify with [Mangrove Radio].”
“The re-launching of Mangrove Radio represents the re-birth of our community radio station and thus, the rebirth of the voice of our communities,” voiced Tulio Moya Maravilla, youth leader and radio announcer for Mangrove Community Radio.
“ Working in programming has been a great learning experience and opportunity to gain new skills and work with the community,” said Ada Ortíz Ventura, Mangrove Community Radio announcer.
The youth also run a weekly children’s program called “Kid’s World.” The announcers supervise and teach five kids from Ciudad Romero, who program children’s music and stories for four hours on the weekends.
Support for the Viva Fund helps provide a small stipend for radio announcers, providing these volunteers money for food and transportation for their weekly turns in the radio. Support the youth announcers at Mangrove Radio today!