The shortlist for the Community Radio Awards has been announced, and to our delight, we discovered that the Jaibli Salaam series produced by Gilly Smith and sponsored by #hexology for Radio Reverb was nominated in the Speech and Journalism Category.
Conceived when the burgeoning Syrian refugee crisis started to unfold, the Jaibli Salaam project was born out of a realisation that #hexology could be used to send information to travellers, or people in the camps.
Although many have lost their possessions, a large majority of refugees have Android phones and are using them to navigate their way across borders, and so we hatched a plan to send them a message of hope.
Setting up the streams inside #hexology is quick and easy to do, #hexology takes the pain out of assembling a page and sharing it via a QR code. What’s more, the streams of information are open for others to join and suddenly it’s a conversation!
Kate McAllister of the School Bus Project had successfully crowdfunded the money she needed to kit out a school bus and take it to the Jungle in Calais, she kindly offered to stick the QR codes around the bus and also distribute them in the camps.
Founded on a series of interviews with Syrian families living in Brighton who share their thoughts, feelings and experiences, the Jaibli Salaam radio series is made up of five, one-hour programmes. The programmes explore Syrian culture through memories, music and food, and culminate in a house party which brought all of the Brighton-based families together. The programmes have been broadcasted on Radio Reverb and can still be heard by scanning this QR code with #hexology.
The radio programmes have also been stored in the GPS location of the Calais Jungle so that anyone in that location can pick up and listen to the programs. It’s our hope that these programmes will inspire fellowship and bring hope to those in need.
Congratulations to Gilly Smith who recorded and edited the radio programmes. Gilly is a prolific writer, producer and journalist and has in the past contributed to this blog, she is currently writing a book and #hexology wishes her luck!