Nairobi, 09 May, 2020 / 2:53 am (ACI Africa).
As organizations continue adjusting to cope with COVID-19-related restrictions, the regional coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, a network of Catholic radios across Africa, has shared with ACI Africa about the impact of the pandemic on the stations and how they are coping.
Radio Maria Africa runs radio stations in 25 countries on the continent. Named after the Blessed Virgin Mary, the radio stations function through the generosity of volunteers and depend on donations from Christians.
“Each Radio Maria in Africa has been affected like any other organization, company and institution in the world by COVID-19. The biggest change is in the presence of volunteers. The lockdown and the risk of contagion do not allow them to go to the radio to present their usual programs,” Coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, Paolo Taffuri told ACI Africa in an interview Thursday, May 7.
He added in reference to the inability of volunteers to report to their respective radio stations, “This affected the organization of the editorial work of each radio; but until now it has been managed quite well, ensuring the dissemination of programs realized by the staff of the radio or by volunteers at home linked through the internet or phone to the studio.”
In some countries where the lockdown is stricter, Mr. Taffuri said that the leadership of the stations had to re-organize their way of working.