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DR CONGO: Radio station loses equipment in storm

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Community radio station requires funding for new transmitter


(MissionNewswire) Radio Don Bosco Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo* lost some of its most valuable equipment during February rainstorms. Its 2,000-kilowatt transmitter was severely damaged by lightning, which hit the facilities and destroyed the motherboard circuit. The failure was so severe that it had a considerable impact on the signal, making it impossible to transmit for several days.

This loss has compromised broadcasting programs and the stability of what is the first Salesian radio station in Central Africa, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in April. Father Maciej Makuła, member of Salesian social communication and contact person in the sector for the Africa-Madagascar region, witnessed the event during his visit to the country. He noted the difficulties because it is a community radio station and lacks funding.

Given these challenges, Radio Don Bosco Lubumbashi is launching an appeal for donations from other Salesian broadcasters around the globe to help buy a new transmitter or access another one, even if used. The station wants to continue enriching the culture of youth in Lubumbashi and the surrounding are. The goal is to expand to other locations including Goma, Bukavu, Kalemie and possibly throughout the national territory.

A Salesian noted, “Radio Don Bosco Lubumbashi is also looking to improve its technical skills. They are looking for a range of specialties to help the station, including computer specialists, content creators, social network specialists, influencers, electronic engineers, online or print journalists, and consistent donor support. If the radio station sees the growth and development of these specialties, they will be more technologically advanced and have greater social impact on the population.”

Salesian missionaries have been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than 100 years ensuring that the most vulnerable children are not forgotten. Salesian primary and secondary schools and programs lay the foundation for early learning while Salesian trade, vocational and agricultural programs offer many youth the opportunity for a stable and productive future.



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*Any goods, services, or funds provided by Salesian Missions to programs located in these countries were administered in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.