What does Feba stand for?
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Feba began as Far East Broadcasting Associates, a small group of British supporters of the US-based Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC).  For more information see Our History section.

Is Feba a radio station?
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No – Feba is not a radio station. We do not produce or broadcast content ourselves, but we seek to enable partners to use media effectively.

Why use radio? 
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For many communities we work in, radio remains a lifeline.

Radio can reach people struck by war, disaster or poverty. It speaks to communities where illiteracy is high, or where political, social or religious barriers prevent people accessing vital information and education. We use the most appropriate media for each community we reach, whether that's community FM, short wave, the Internet or other means. 

Feba seeks to build trusted relationships with its audiences, becoming a sustained and consistent presence in their lives.

What do you broadcast? 
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We work with local partners and communities to tailor material suited to the specific needs of the different people and areas we serve. The programmes that are broadcast can: 

  • Provide information and education relevant to a community’s needs and issues 
  • Enable communities to help themselves and make positive life changes
  • Provide an opportunity for self-expression, giving communities a voice
  • Encourage reconciliation between individuals, families and communities
  • Instil joy and relief through entertainment and humour
  • Awaken the possibility of a relationship with Jesus
  • Provide Bible teaching and encouragement for those who choose to follow Jesus.  
We are no longer a broadcaster, but we do enable life-giving media broadcasts to be transmitted across many parts of the world.  Please see Our History page for further information on how our model shifted from broadcasting from our station in the Seychelles to the way we operate today.

Where do you work?

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We work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, serving communities at their point of need. 

They might be communities:

  • Living in remote geographical locations or cultural isolation with little or no access to support and services such as medical facilities
  • With high rates of illiteracy
  • Facing reduced life expectancy due to insufficient health information
  • With reduced access to news, information and varied ideas due to lack of media exposure or media being heavily controlled by authorities
  • Facing discrimination and oppression leaving them voiceless and lacking empowerment
  • Experiencing high levels of unemployment or low-yielding daily work leaving them unable to provide for their needs

We don't broadcast in the UK. 

Why do you still broadcast on shortwave?
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We use various channels to reach communities, and depending on the context we might broadcast on short wave, medium wave, FM, the internet or using social media.  Some projects have also distributed their programmes using SD cards for people to listen to on mobile phones, or on SD speaker boxes.  

Ideally we like to work with local partners and communities, using local radio stations to address the specific needs of the local population.  However, when working with some of the world’s hardest-to-reach communities, even in an increasingly digital world, short wave remains a lifeline for millions of people who can be reached by no other means.

When appropriate, we continue to broadcast via short wave where it remains the most effective way to reach people.  For example, this might be in circumstances where governments control broadcasting and impose licensing restrictions, meaning short wave broadcasts, which originate from outside the country, are vital.

Shortwave gives people access to news and information, which might otherwise be withheld from them and can reach remote communities, where other signals cannot.

 

Do you distribute radios? 
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We work through the most suitable media for each community we reach. In some communities, that will be short wave. In others, it may be community FM, medium wave or the Internet and social media. In disaster situations, it's sometimes appropriate to distribute radios to those affected so that they can access vital information.   
 

What exactly does Feba do? 
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As followers of Jesus Christ, Feba works with local partners and communities, enabling them to use life-giving media to bring lasting transformation..

What is a partner? 
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Feba works with established organisations interested in harnessing the power of media – particularly audio – for community transformation.

Are all Feba's partners Christians? 
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Many of Feba’s partners are Christians, some are churches, and all are in sympathy with Feba’s core values.


How do you define 'community'?

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A community is a group of people who can be defined or identified by a shared characteristic. Feba UK has identified a number of communities as ‘strategic focus areas’ including the following: voiceless, rooted in other religions, displaced, marginalised.

 

What is 'life-giving media'?
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There are many important and often inter-related areas of work performed by not-for-profit organisations internationally and in the UK, including churches and other agencies under the ‘development’ banner. Feba’s niche contribution is around the effective use of media - with a particular focus on audio - as a tool that can contribute to community transformation. We believe that radio (and other media) really can save lives.

 

 

What does 'lasting transformation' mean? 
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As Christians we believe that God is transforming every aspect of individuals’ and communities’ lives. Transformation is to do with the spiritual, social, health, environmental aspects of life (and much more). “Lasting” transformation suggests that it is not short-termism nor is it dependent on a single source of outside support; rather, the transformation will be sustainable – it will endure, embedded within the community itself.

  
 

How is Feba funded?
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Feba is a registered charity in England and Wales, and is dependent on donations from individuals, churches, legacies and grant-making trusts to continue our work.

Our charity accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission website

Click here for ways you can make a donation to Feba.