Community

Our members at RadioActive Productions besides keeping very busy with our radio shows and productions, also find time to get involved in many local projects for the needy, here are a few of them:

 

  • On a regular basis we donate bread and meat to L’Arche (see below) who have built a community here in Kampala for people with learning disabilities.
  • We also arranged with a local coffee shop to provide a donated lunch for 12 orphaned boys (ages10-14) from the Tiger’s Club. This is an organization here in Kampala that tries to get orphaned boys off the streets and back into some sort of family life – either foster care, resettlement in their former community, or living in and going to school at the Tiger’s community.
  • Four members of RadioActive Productions, Chris, Celly, Robin and Ben traveled up to the North East of Uganda to visit a remote tribe called the Ik. With us we had 40 hand-cranked tape players, plus 3 hours of Gospel-based stories in the Ik language. These had been translated by one of the only educated Ik tribesman, John Mark, and recorded in our RadioActive Studios in Kampala. It was the first time the Ik language had been recorded on tape.
    The Ik tribesmen were thrilled with the tapes and the recorders. It was the first time outsiders had visited them in many years. For a thousand years, the Ik have been living in an area dominated by warring tribes of Karimojong, who continually raid each other’s cattle. Whereas they used to be armed with spears, bows and arrows, the Karimojong warriors now carry AK 47s. The Ik tribe, who are peaceful agriculturalists, are often set upon by their feuding Karimojong neighbors and their settlements burned, food stolen and tribesmen killed.
    When we arrived in the area, we were told that a few days previously there had been a major cattle raid by the Dodoth against the Kenyan Turkana tribe. Many Turkana had been killed. The area where we planned to visit was right in the middle of the two tribes, and one of the Ik villages had been burned. We prayed for confirmation that we should continue our mission in light of the security situation in the area. In fact in the whole vast Karamoja region remains largely outside Government control.
    We reached the Ik at a desperate time. There had no been rain for seven months, and the ground was parched. Water and food were very sparse. We visited three different locations where the Ik have settled. Runners were sent to the various villages in the surrounding mountains to announce our arrival. In each locality we held a prayer meeting with whoever was able to attend. The tape-recorders were demonstrated and presented to representatives from the surrounding Ik villages. Over 3 days all 40 tape players were distributed.A Jesuit priest evangelized the Ik some 60 years ago, so they practice a simple form of Catholicism. Then in 1996 an American missionary visited them and helped to develop a written language for the Ik and, with the help of a ministry in the U.S., oversaw the translation of Gospel-based stories into the Ik language. Looking for a studio to record the tapes in Uganda, they located us through the FCF website, which was how we first became involved with the project.

 

Here are two videos of our work with the Ik people of North East Uganda.