Break the silence, buy radios for Burma
Due to the success of this fundraising campaign, we are hoping to fund a further 10,000 radios to send to Burma. Find out more and donate
In Burma’s harsh media environment a number of courageous individuals work hard to break through the wall of censorship. Although millions tune into these broadcasts daily, not everybody in Burma has access to the crucial information they provide. With your help we can break the silence for many more.
A massive thank you to all who have already donated — we have raised over £30,000 already, enough to distribute nearly 3,000 radios. We now have just two days to raise enough to reach our target of getting 4,000 radios into the country by the middle of July. If you have any time at all, please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family.
As well as radios people on the ground need other communication tools such as walkie talkies and satellite phones. Each radio costs £12.50 and that includes batteries and getting the radios inside Burma.
They say that knowledge is power, and in the lead up to Burma’s first elections in 20 years the humble radio can play a vital role in empowering the voting public. One radio could help a family or community learn about their rights and show them the international solidarity that Burma’s military regime works so hard to silence.
In collaboration with organisations on the ground, we are aiming to get radios and other communication tools distributed far and wide, for as little as possible, to reach the people and places that need it most. A radio opens up a whole world. Help the people of Burma access it
Beat the junta – buy a radio
About 12 people will use each radio, so if we reach our target, 50,000 more people inside Burma will have access to independent news broadcasts. Our target is to buy 4,000 radios, 60 walkie-talkie kits and 6 satellite kits. If we raise more than our target, your donations will be spent on helping break the silence in Burma.
To mark opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday the BBC broadcast a special programme about the Nobel Peace Prize winner into Burma. Listen to it now on the BBC website
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