Radio ESO

ADMINISTRATION & STAFF

Although Radio ESO was founded by Pastor Daniel Narcisse who had the vision, it belongs to the Église Protestante Évangelique (EPE). It has its own statutes and internal regulations, being led by a general assembly with a board of nine members and an executive director.

The General Assembly holds its meetings once a year, while the Board holds meetings every four months of the year.

Radio ESO has twelve full-time workers with a full range of more than fifteen part-time people helping to run the programme.

 

 

 

A FEW STATISTICS FOR RADIO ESO

It has over 1.3 million listeners in Burkina Faso and beyond (in Ghana and the Ivory Coast).

It broadcasts fourteen hours a day, from Monday to Sunday, in ten languages: Lhoron, Kansa, Dian, Dioula, Lobiri, Dagara, Moore, Fulfulde, French and English.

Its equipment and facilities include a production studio and broadcasting studio; a 1,000 watt transmitter with a broadcasting range of about 70km.
The broadcast frequency is 99.7 MHz FM.

A new radio station has been built in Batie, about 75 km from Gaoua, but is not yet able to function for lack of funds.

  

BROADCASTING TOPICS

The main topics for programmes are the Christian Gospel, health and agriculture, but the station also touches on community initiatives such as youth ministry, childrens' marriage, child trafficking, female genital mutilation, pregnancy amongst children, children working in mines, draught mitigation, helping school students prepare for exams, womens' ministry and raising money for AIDS support.

In evangelism, as a result of Radio ESO activities, seventeen local churches have been planted, all run now by pastors and countless people have had their lives transformed by the gospel.

As result of our social work, the government of our country has awarded the station with two decorations for good work. 

PRESENT SITUATION

Burkina Faso has forty-five provinces, and fourteen of them are currently in a state of emergency due to jihadist attacks. One thousand schools have been closed. The prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned recently.

The survival of Radio ESO has been precarious for several months due to lack of funds.

For the past eighteen years, we have been receiving subvention from Tearfund UK. But for about three years now, Tearfund has changed its strategy and now only intervenes in the Sahel, North and North-West of our country. Only the organizations that can work in those areas can be sustained. As a result, we cannot intervene in these parts of the country, so we are no longer receiving help from Tearfund. We were also receiving help from friends in the USA, United Kingdom and Switzerland, but these friend are retired and cannot continue with their engagement. The local WEC churches (mainly based in rural areas) are comprised of individual farmers who cannot give much to support the ministry.

As a result, it is very difficult to run the radio station. We often do not have enough staff for the programme since seven full-time workers left owing to a lack of funds to pay their salaries. We have also lost eight part-time workers for the same reason.

We have an ongoing need of funds to pay for electricity, water bills and other expenses related to the running of the radio station. We also need to renew some technical equipment such as computers.

Nevertheless, now more than ever before, radio is a very effective way to spread the Gospel. The monthly operating expenses are approximately $4,500 US.

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Our Team

Daniel Narcisse Kambou is the Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Hien Ivonne Kambou is the secretary and cashier.

Secretary and Cashier

Hollo Da is a technician.

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