For 10 years now, Radio Huruma has been an integral part of life in the Diocese of Tanga in northern Tanzania. Thanks to this radio station, the Church is able to reach many people who could not otherwise get to church. The Catholic faithful here live widely scattered across this vast diocese of close to 12,000 square miles. Many people simply cannot get to Mass on Sundays because the distances are simply too great and there is no adequate public transportation. Thanks to the radio station, they can at least join in with Holy Mass, which is broadcast live every Sunday, either from the cathedral or from one of the parishes.
Radio Huruma is also an important vehicle for promoting interreligious understanding in the region. Only 11% or so of the 200,000 people living in the diocese are Catholics, while the majority are Muslims. So, in addition to the broadcast Masses, there are also numerous programs that are equally of interest to Muslims and to Christians of other denominations and which are helping to promote good relations and peaceful coexistence. For example, many of the broadcasts deal with such things as disease prevention and treatment, and aim to combat poverty and ignorance – and all the programs are devoted to “encouraging, entertaining and informing the public on the basis of Christian values and the Word of God,” as Father Richard Kimbwi explains.
Given his expert qualifications, Father Kimbwi has been appointed by his bishop as director of the radio station. Previously, he spent six years in Vienna studying electronics and sound technology. While the station is in good hands, after 10 years on air, a number of repairs and upgrades are now necessary. Most urgently needed is a more powerful generator, since the existing one is unreliable, resulting in frequent power cuts, which means that the transmitters cannot function.
When everything is working as it should, the station can broadcast well beyond the borders of the diocese and reach around half a million people. We have promised the bishop $8,200, so that the broadcasts will no longer need to be interrupted by power cuts.
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