Through meeting, hearing about and discussing issues, group members are able to understand new ideas and concepts and share with each other their own opinions. Lines of communication which are otherwise silenced become open.
Take for example, Audrey’s experience below. Listeners Clubs don’t just provide a space for individuals to talk, they provide them with a space to communicate and learn.
How you can help
For the community Listeners Clubs to remain a reality, we need help to provide voice players (radio, phones, etc.) to listeners clubs in Burundi’s remote rural communities. Not only to support existing clubs, but also to expand their reach.
We also need help encouraging attendance from community members. Topics tend to tackle subjects such as HIV and AIDS, Family Planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, Behavior Change, Domestic Violence and Rape – issues which are considered taboo. Your donations which help us to Create a comfortable environment in which those attending feel safe and able to discuss what is on their minds.
Already, Listeners Clubs have contributed to increased take-up of HIV/AIDS testing and more equitable access to land in Bubanza and to improved agricultural practices in Burundi.