Nairobi, 21 June, 2020 / 11:07 pm (ACI Africa).
The financial subsidy from Kenya’s Government toward community-based media outlets to enhance their COVID-19 awareness programs at the grassroots has been received with happiness and appreciation by those at the helm of the Catholic media. They have pledged to put to good use the resources received from the Government through the Media Council of Kenya (MCK).
“We are happy that the Government, through MCK, has considered supporting the Church media during these difficult times for us in the industry. We appreciate this gesture and commit to put the funds into proper use,” the National Executive Secretary for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Sr. Adelaide Ndilu said in a report.
"The donation will go a long way in helping us. Things have really been difficult with radio stations as some had to send their broadcasters home," Sr. Adelaide told ACI Africa in an interview, Sunday, June 21.
Sr. Adelaide who also oversees the KCCB owned Ukweli TV and Radio Waumini said that the financial aid worth Kshs.6.3million (USD59,000) was distributed among 17 Catholic Radio stations in the country, each getting between Kshs. 250,000 to Kshs. 500,000 (USD 2,351 to USD 4,703).
Asked if the leadership of the respective Catholic Radios applied for the funds, she said, "Nobody applied to be given money. The government allocated some money for media houses and MCK applied for it then distributed it to different stations."