Serving the Community
Serving the community and contributing to the good of society is an important part of SAT-7’s vision. SAT-7 seeks to minister to both the spiritual, psychological, and physical needs of its viewers; and many of the programs address social issues, helping to change the societal attitudes that are the base of many of the region’s social problems.
Most of SAT-7’s programs tackle all these issues in an integrated and holistic way. A program for women can for example include legal advice on women’s rights, counselling on marital problems, advice on child care, and a devotional element, such as a song or a prayer. In other programs, pastors may address current affairs; theological programs may discuss the responsibility of the church to care for the poor and marginalised, movies and dramas may deal with important social issues etc.
Other programs deal more exclusively with social issues, seeking for example to raise awareness of human rights, women’s rights, improve treatment of marginalized groups such the illiterate, the poor and the disabled, and to address health issues such as HIV/Aids, nutrition, and drug abuse.
Examples of such programs are:
- A series of documentaries and live talk shows highlighting the many challenges female heads of households in the Arab world face.
- Documentaries and live talk shows seeking to raise the status of persons with disabilities
- Games shows and songs for children, demonstrating inclusion of children with disabilities
- Documentaries on illiteracy
- A campaign raising awareness of HIV
- Live talk shows on healthy nutrition.
- A docu-drama series on SAT-7 PARS about drug addiction in Iran, who has one of the world’s highest rates of drug addiction among youth.