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£1,363
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24
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, June 30 2019 4:38 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Zaatari Radio is an innovative humanitarian collective empowering war-affected communities living in Zaatari, Jordan and beyond. Following a successful Kickstarter Campaign last year, we created a radio station situated in Zaatari Refugee Camp designed to provide the means for war-affected people to overcome the challenges they face as refugees in the region. Bringing together musicians, designers, academics, artists and activists, Zaatari Radio is reaching out to a community of people to support a community of war-affected people living in Jordan.  Following on from last years success we are aiming to spend a further month in Zaatari at the radio station, leading radio-based workshops carefully curated to tackle the evolving challenges young adults face there. Building on a curriculum composed in response to Needs Assessment Reports published by our partners Acting For Change International and UNHCR Jordan, the Radio Workshops aim to share information relevant to the refugee population, administer health campaigns and inspire creativity.

Zaatari Radio HQ, Jordan
Zaatari Radio HQ, Jordan

Our work is in response to top-down approaches to humanitarian aid that treat refugees as vulnerable and passive victims. Alternatively, Zaatari Radio sits at the cutting edge of contemporary approaches to humanitarian work; creating human-centred, participatory projects that empower refugees to navigate through challenging environments. Through the radio in Zaatari refugees are empowered to overcome problems they face, fostering innovation whilst emphasising the power of having fun. 

Our Aims

The aim of Zaatari Radio is to create a self-sustaining, refugee-run radio station to serve the war affected community living in Zaatari, whilst returning to lead Radio Workshops aimed at children and young adults living there. These workshops are facilitated alongside local aid agency Acting For Change International, who provides education for refugees living in Zaatari Village. From their Training Centre for Children and Young Adults, we provide Radio Workshops three days a week centre around broadcasts on 97.3FM. During this time we work closely with those who attend their Centre, providing an educational process based around radio, focusing particularly on teaching life skills and inspiring creativity and good health within refugee children and young adults. 

The theoretical background of Zaatari Radio and our project objectives is born out of research conducted primarily by the Refugees Studies Centre and UNHCR Innovation. The role of radio in humanitarian work remains noticeably under-recognised, however the stations that have been established have all been met with an overwhelmingly positive response within Refugee Studies academia. The Refugee Studies Centre pride themselves as a global leader in multidisciplinary research on forced migration, and a number of their publications highlight the transformative role refugee-led radios have had in instigating innovation amongst war-affected communities. Drawing inspiration from these case studies, Zaatari Radio aims to emulate their success, focusing on executing three primary objectives within our Radio Workshops. 

Attendees of our Workshops in 2018 transmit a radio broadcast
Attendees of our Workshops in 2018 transmit a radio broadcast

The Radio Workshops enrol 15 refugee children and young adults over a one-month period. Workshops take place three days a week in Zaatari, consisting of two hour interactive lesson based on one of our three project objectives. Attendees are challenged to define the issues that we wish to tackle, and think creatively to overcome these challenges by designing radio broadcasts focusing on these issues. We encourage both independent and group collaboration, accumulating into radio broadcasts that take place throughout the day following the workshop. Attendees are encouraged to listen to each other’s broadcasts and reflect on the previous workshop and radio transmission to create a participatory and critical engagement with the curriculum and radio use. The project objectives are as follows: 

Objective One: Health Campaigns  

UNHCR studies indicate that over 70% of primary medical visits in the Zaatari area were attributed to communicable diseases; illnesses that are spread from person to person due to poor hygiene practices. Similarly, Acting For Change International’s Key Finding report indicates 60% of households in Zaatari have experienced health issues two weeks prior to their survey. Through health campaigns targeted at children and young adulsts, Zaatari Radio aims to change attitudes and behaviours towards health and hygiene within the Zaatari region, as well as share information regarding early symptoms of illness prevalent within the region. 

This objective is based on similar radio projects within developing countries that have used health campaigns to great effect. Development Media International (DMI) research indicates that radio health campaigns can reduce child morality rates by 10%, and are a cheaper and more effective means to save lives than almost all other health interventions.

Objective Two: Sharing Practical Information 

Zaatari Radio aims to broadcast practical information relevant to war affected community, as well as support positive development through Radio Workshops. UNHCR research indicates a significant “information void”  within the Zaatari region, and studies conducted by Acting For Change highlight ignorance to issues such as psychological trauma contributing to the deterioration of child health. 

Zaatari Radio aims to disseminate important information regarding the refugee population, including teaching life skills and nurturing positive development through the radio. The Workshops activities are carefully designed to teach skills such as public addressing, Science, English and encourage collaborative efforts. We aim to encourage radio broadcasting that provides archival evidence of day-to-day life in Zaatari through news updates and reflective accounts of time spent there. 

Objective Three: Creativity

Creativity and artistic exploration are vessels of positive development and learning. Every workshop we lead challenges refugee children and young adults to creatively tackle problems they face, positively engaging with issues in fun and imaginative ways. We teach the limitlessness of creativity, encouraging radio broadcasting that transcends Camp boundaries and constricting refugee laws. 

Zaatari Radio is committed to encouraging creative development through workshops aimed at music, poetry and art. We aim to provide a space foster innovation among war-affected populations based on creative workshops that support pioneering problem solving and infinite possibilities.  

Workshop tasks in 2018
Workshop tasks in 2018

Project Costs 

The use of radio within humanitarian contexts are herald as a cost-effective means to saves lives and empower populations, nonetheless we require your pledges to make the Radio Workshops in 2019 a reality. Due to the phenomenal success of our Kickstarter Campaign last year, the radio in Zaatari is fully functional and the equipment is in great condition. Nonetheless, the pledges we are asking for this Kickstarter Campaign will cover two key yet understated costs: the travel to Zaatari and our incredible translator Dana. 

Travel

The most cost-effective and practical way to reach Zaatari with the necessary equipment to lead our Workshops is to hire a car for the entire month we are in Jordan. The money we are hoping to raise through our Kickstater Campaign will cover the hire car for one month and the fuel for the 150km drive from Amman to Zaatari and back three days a week. We will be hiring a car from a local company to secure easy travel to Zaatari from Amman which will also aid in supporting the successful completion of work conducted by Acting For Change.

Our Translator Dana 

We really cannot overstate the importance of Dana to the Workshops and Zaatari Radio. Without Dana, we would not be able to work from the radio or lead our Workshops with the Zaatari Community. Not only does she facilitate our interactions with the attendees of the Radio Workshops, but aids in coordinating our work with the local community and relevant decision makers and stakeholders. Dana worked with us last year and was a massive part of the success of Zaatari Radio and our Workshops. Beyond the immaculate translations that ensure the smooth running of the Workshops, her relationship with the people who attend the Education Centre was truly inspiring. This year we will be paying Dana a wage for her tireless work and commitment which means by supporting Zaatari Radio you are also supporting local Jordanian economies.

Dana in action!
Dana in action!

About Us 

Zaatari Radio was initiated by Tom Critchley after graduating from a Research Masters in Security Studies at UCL in 2017. Whilst studying at UCL Tom specialised in human security and refugee studies, particularly inspired by approaches to humanitarian work that empower war-affected communities. Following the success of our work in Zaatari during 2018, Tom writes a regularly for UNHCR Innovation and will undertake a Design PhD researching participatory design process within humanitarian contexts.

In 2018, Clare Thompson and Liam Evans worked with the radio and will continue to do so this Summer. Liam Evans has been working as a sound engineer for over 5 years, and has been overseeing the technical side of the project. During his experiences working in music technology, Liam has gained valuable knowledge to ensure the smooth running of the technical side of the project.

Clare Thompson graduated from Goldsmiths studying Design. Her particular area of expertise was investigating the complex and knotty legal framework of occupying space. Since then, Clare has been working on a number of humanitarian projects with DUF Space and Systems of Systems, as well as tutoring workshops at Goldsmiths. Clare has experience in working in refugee camps in Calais and Greece, understanding the complexities that may rise from working within these high-pressured environments.

This Summer,  Rebecca Glyn-Blanco will be working on the Workshops in Zaatari, providing experience within design process, arts education and an acute knowledge of asylum systems. Also graduating from Goldsmiths’ Design, Rebecca is one-third of Systems of Systems: a research project interrogating the technologies and legal mechanisms involved in seeking asylum in Europe. Rebecca has run art classes for children for several years, and has delivered workshops in Design at Goldsmiths University since 2015.

Between us we are a well-balanced team that covers the major cornerstones of a successful radio based humanitarian project. Drawing from our own unique skill set, as well as our abilities to adapt to an ever changing environment, we will work together to ensure the successful establishment and running of Zaatari Radio.

The Zaatar Radio Team in 2018: Tom, Clare, Dana and Liam (Left to Right)
The Zaatar Radio Team in 2018: Tom, Clare, Dana and Liam (Left to Right)

Zaatari Radio Elsewhere

If you have been following our work since the Kickstarter Campaign last year, you will notice that we have organically evolved into an organisation committed to empowering war-affected communities in Zaatari and beyond. Whilst in Jordan we also work very closely with 7Hills Skatepark, aiding in their educational skateboarding program that teaches life skills to  Urban Refugees and Jordanians in Amman through skateboarding lessons. Last year we also worked on constructing Angola's firstever skatepark and 'Edu-Skate Program', designed to stimulate learning and positive development amongst underprivileged children living in Luanda. 

Online, we run an ongoing podcast series in which we speak to the musicians, designers, academics, artists and activists, who support our project around the world, as well as a series specifically dedicated to migrant musicians currently living in Amman. 

Here, we speak with Luai Ahmaro, a Palestinian traditional musician who shares stories of his time travelling the Middle East in search of an artistic home.

Where to Follow Our Work

We highly reccommend following our work via social media to get updates on the radio in Zaatari and our other projects. 

Our Website is: https://www.radiozaatari.com/

Our Instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/radiozaatari/

Zaatari Radio T-Shirt and Tote Bag (Pledge Rewards)
Zaatari Radio T-Shirt and Tote Bag (Pledge Rewards)

Risks and challenges

Before deciding to launch this Kickstarter we carefully assessed any risks and challenges we may face throughout this project.

Thankfully, we are well placed in assessing how successful we will be thanks to our previous experience in conducting Workshops in Zaatari and our close ties with Acting for Change International. Not only are we provided with regular reports on the situation in Zaatari, but have also been introduced to the local government municipality and wider community who have responded extremely positively to Zaatari Radio and our work.

As a team we cover the theoretical, practical and on-ground experience, regarding the project and can call on past experiences during 2018 to evolve and implement our Workshop curriculum. With the connections we have made already in Zaatari, we are confident that we will be able to work around any problems that may arise whilst we are carrying out the project.

Finance is crucial to the project. In order to these workshops a reality this summer, we rely on your pledges to fund the organisational costs of running them. Our financial aim is the minimum required, and any further money donated with ensure high quality Workshops and continued success of our other work.

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