EastWeb recently granted funds to further develop a start-up radio program called Liberian Newlife Radio.
Like most African refugees, many Liberian refugees in Victoria face various resettlement barriers, including social isolation, long-term unemployment, and lack of voice in the media. The Liberian refugee community is a newly emerging group in Victoria and as such is among the voiceless in terms of access to media services on community radio stations.
This radio program aims to provide quality information to community members, and inspiration for new and better ways of dealing with everyday life challenges.
The funding provided by EastWeb will cover costs to train future presenters – ten young people of Liberian descent living in various parts of Melbourne including, Sunshine, St. Albans, Footscray, Moonee Ponds, Collingwood, Preston, Reservoir and Dandenong – to ensure sustainability of the radio station.