Friday, November 11th, was the finale of the first phase of Sisi ni Amani Kenya’s successful series of morning shows on Koch FM. George and Sammy joined Doreen to recap the previous week’s discussions. The Kasarani team members—Sammy, George, Dennis, Mary and Rama— and Koch FM were acknowledged for their great work raising awareness on security, education, health, good governance and environmental issues in Baba Dogo and Korogocho. Listeners were given the opportunity to offer any final thoughts on the top issues facing their community as well as give feedback on the show.
The show this week asked subscribers what their top priority was out of the series’ five topics. The most popular response pointed to security as the most pressing issue. Nothing constructive can happen in the community if security isn’t improved, as many of the responses indicated.
Throughout the show calls flowed in to thank SNA-K for its effort promoting peace, for facilitating forums, and creating the Community Manifesto. Many even celebrated the fact that security in Baba and Koch had improved since they’d begun discussing it so openly thanks to SNA-K and Koch FM. One woman from Korogocho attested to a safer neighborhood recently and hoped the show wouldn’t go off the air for long. She wasn’t alone as other listeners also lamented the end of the program. They don’t want to lose this invaluable opportunity to have their voices heard. Luckily, SNA-K will be continuing its partnership with Koch FM over the next several months.
SNA-K and Koch FM will continue partnering to promote peace and civic education through ongoing inspirational peace quotes, sent by SMS and also aired on Koch FM, and through a Holidays Civic Education Challenge, through which listeners will be quizzed on the new Constitution and will have the opportunity to win small prizes if they answer correctly. The hiatus will be used for the Kasarani chapter to identify leaders in each of the prioritized fields. These leaders will be invited onto the radio show to address the issues Baba and Koch residents face when the program returns in January.