Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal under Noakhali District. It is known as a disaster-prone Upazila with unprivileged community.
The people of the Upazila are living with natural disaster and adverse environment. River erosion, tornado, storm, cyclone make their daily life immeasurable. Lack of education, malnutrition, unemployment, laps and gaps of knowledge flow and insufficient power supply situation deprive the communities from modern facilities. Life and livelihood of four and half millions people are insecure here due to poor transportation, communication system and lack of information technology services.
Reducing the sufferings of the people of Hatiya, Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS) has been initiating to establish a community radio station in this area in line with Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).
The 16th Community Radio station in Bangladesh the Community Radio Sagar Dwip 99.2 is going to broadcasting its programs officially on November 12, 2015.
Towards socio-economic and cultural betterment, however, it is expected that the radio station will play a vital role through broadcasting its program related to disaster risk reduction and upgrading the standard of their life and livelihood.
Now 15 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 5.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.