Asalamu Alekum (AS-ah-lah-moo ah-LAY-koom)!
Mr. Sub-prefect of Sindian,
Mr. the Sindian Village Chief,
Mr. Director of Fogny FM,
Mr. Director of World Education:
Greetings to the community of Sindian.
Thank you very much for the warm welcome. I am delighted to be here today with the community of Sindian to visit Fogny FM community radio station.
The U.S. Government has supported community development projects in the Casamance for many years. We want to help the people of the Casamance strive for the region’s peaceful development by helping groups like yours develop income sources and improve education and healthcare.
The U.S. Government is supporting efforts to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity to this region in several ways. Through the Millennium Challenge Compact and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we are rehabilitating the road infrastructure. Through other projects, our government is helping farmers to increase production and market their goods. We are supporting agriculture and improving education and healthcare access through the work of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Department of State awarded the Sindian community $20,000 in 2006 to support the Fogny FM community radio project. NGO World Education applied for this grant to start Fogny FM on behalf of the community. I salute World Education for its initiative in starting this radio station and 16 others in the Casamance to encourage peaceful dialogue as an alternative to conflict. This radio station has become an important community resource that promotes peace, Casamance culture and public service programming for Sindian and the surrounding region. And I am very pleased to witness the lasting impact that Fogny FM has had in the entire community in the last nine years.
Fogny FM is an excellent example of how we can partner with local communities to encourage local initiatives and advance community development objectives.
I want to thank you again for the warm welcome and I wish you great success in continuing this important project, and also in your other efforts to advance your community.
Albaraka! (thank you)
Katoral (Au revoir)