Hazeen became a part of the village. For one year he visited the community, drank tea with them and got to know them. Hazeen was building what he calls ‘unprofitable trust’. He was more than just an external voice trying to speak on their behalf: he was their friend.
As trust was built, the community began to ask Hazeen how they could change their situation. Hazeen could have provided the tools and support that would make this possible, but instead he told them, ‘You are the champions, you will be the heroes, you will be the captains. It's just about you: you do it. I'll support you.’
Training sessions on how to use radio to tell their stories began. With just two microphones, a mixer and a laptop, the community began producing their own programmes, which Hazeen arranged to play on a local radio station.