OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Life improves on remote islands thanks to Radio Bosco, channel of information and formation of consciences

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) - Life for people in Solomons has improved thanks to Radio Bosco which provides information and formation. The Salesian radio station opened a year ago on February 27 2005 provides a competent and useful service and spreads messages of cultural, social and spiritual value among the islands of the Pacific.
Comments of villagers are all positive: “Radio Bosco is very interesting, it gives us information and helps us know more about what is going on in our country and in the rest of the world”, says one young listener. Besides offering training and experience to the young people on its staff, the Station provides spiritual formation, cultural programmes to a widespread population in these islands.
“We thanks the Lord for his blessings, for the growth, the difficulties and the development of this project”, said Salesian Fr. Ambrose Pereira, Communications officer for Honiara diocese, in an address to the many volunteers and friends and listeners present at a recent seminar in Tetere.
The goal of the radio is to “build up the community”, and it is in fact a “community”, non profit radio supported by offerings and donations. It focuses on education, healthcare, matters concerning young people and women, as well as music, and stories of ordinary people. The studios are in Tetere on the island of Guadalcanal, next to a very active Salesian centre for children and parishioners. The Radio also broadcasts Mass live.
“We thank the Lord for this gift and the volunteers who believe in us and in what we aim to do to help the people”, said Fr Luciano Capelli, director of the Salesian Province of Solomon Islands. (Agenzia Fides 24/5/2006 righe 26 parole 262)