Radio Veritas Myanmar helps build community
Listeners from various faiths form club to help each other
ucanews.com reporter, Mandalay, Myanmar
January 25, 2011
Visually impaired Mg Mg Oo who has been listening to the RVA Myanmar language service for more than 30 years said he initiated the listeners’ group with the aim of fostering “communal life.”
The 50 year-old Buddhist said he organized the club on Dec. 20, 2009 that now has 20 members.
Club members attend to hospital patients, donate money for funeral services and enhance the social welfare of other listeners in general.
Dolly Joseph, a Catholic and secretary of the listeners’ club, said they gifts to members getting married. “We collect money from members during our meeting once every two months as the club’s fund,” she said.
“The Church-run radio is a light for me….Thirty years ago I couldn’t go out and I was alone when my eyes failed me,” said Mg Oo.
When his father passed away two months ago, he received great support from other members. Some of my neighbors saw the kindness and asked me how to join the club, Mg Oo said.
“So I urged them to listen to the RVA program.”
The RVA Myanmar service, which has an estimated 600,000 listeners, broadcasts for 27 minutes in the morning and evening.
Some of the programs include topics on youth, values for life, rural development and issues of woman and health and interreligious dialogue.
“We build up peace by passing over the boundaries of religion,” Father Richard Hla Min Oo, coordinator of RVA Myanmar language service in the Philippines, told participants on Jan. 22 during the listeners’ club’s first anniversary.
“We can help and work together among different religions due to love and unity,” said Win Zaw Tun, a member from the listeners’ club who converted from Buddhism to Catholicism six months ago.
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