Guatemala Radio Project
When a hurricane is about to strike or a fire breaks out, nearly a million Mayan listeners now can hear the warning in nearly all of their 22 indigenous languages as well as Spanish. In addition to public announcements, Guatemala's 168 indigenous stations broadcast news and programs on environmental, health, and human rights issues as well as music and other entertainment. Supporting Cultural Survival in their efforts, the team at Interlock filmed the basic operations of Mayan radio, released a version of the film in Spanish, and are completing one in English.
Additionally, in February 2009, Interlock staff members helped conduct workshops on producing radio soap-operas on environmental topics. Currently, dozens of Guatemalan civil society organizations and Cultural Survival Inc. are working to win full operational rights for Mayan community radio. A law legalizing community radio will be introduced into the Guatemalan Congress in May.