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.