RUBEN FM RADIO PROFILE
ABOUT RUBEN FM
Ruben FM is Mukuru’s new community radio station that aims to empower and unite Mukuru Community through our slogan “ UNGANISHA JAMII”. It broadcasts from Ruben Centre, a faith-based organization in Mukuru Kwa Ruben. The radio station was launched on 19th November 2016. Our area of broadcasting is 2.5km radius which covers Mukuru Kwa Ruben slum, Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum, Kware, Imara Daima,Viwandani area, Pipeline and Mukuru Kayaba.
To empower and unite the Mukuru Community.
To offer quality educative, informative, and entertaining programs to Mukuru Community
- To strengthen Ruben Centre’s capacity for delivery on its mission.
- To create and deliver development-oriented information to the residents of Mukuru.
- To build and increase public awareness in a number of critical issues such as health matters, business and entrepreneurship, environmental awareness, and security.
- To enhance the education of school pupils through targeted audio programs.
- To empower individuals and the Mukuru Community as a whole, through education and distribution/dispersal of information.
- To enhance peace and harmony in Mukuru.
ABOUT MUKURU COMMUNITY
Mukuru slum is home to an estimated population of 752,526 people living in 193,539 households
and occupying 52.5 km2 of land (Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, 2010). The populace comprises of relatively homogeneous groups of people in the low ends of income. 60% of the inhabitants earn less than KES 10,000 per month, which means they live on less than a US dollar per person, per day. The poorest 15% in Mukuru earn less than KES 5,000 per month, therefore living on less than half a dollar per person, per day (Save the Children Annual Report, 2003).
The implication of this is inadequate housing, poor sanitation, hunger, lack of access to education, and increase in diseases.
In the perspective of city life, the slum community remains largely marginalized. It is associated with dirt, diseases, crime, poor sanitation and poverty. Whereas, the people living in the slum do so as a necessity – crowding and poverty has made it difficult for the establishment of social amenities. Access to education in Mukuru is low and most of those in the productive age bracket missed out on education in their formative years.