BHN Association

Our mission is humanitarian assistance by promoting basic human needs of the people in developing countries and in disaster areas through our specialty of information and communication technology (ICT) e.g. assistance to medical facilities, emergency relief activities for disaster victims and training of young ICT leaders in developing countries.
Aug 21, 2014

Final Report for "FM Broadcast Stations"

Minami-Souma FM Studio
Minami-Souma FM Studio

Final Report for “FM Broadcast Stations Supporting Disaster Victims”

 

From August 05 to August 08 BHN made a round trip to install UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply) systems to FM broadcast stations in Tohoku district.

The city of Minami-Souma, Fukushima Pref., was the 1st destination as it recently suffered damage to radio facilities from a thunder surge and the radio emission has been suspended.  In this city about one third of the citizens are still evacuating from their homes to escape the atomic contamination and the radio broadcast is badly needed to know the local  information on disaster recovery and also to know the news of their relatives and friends.

In the city of Natori, Miyagi Pref., a new studio was built recently and the UPS was installed in the city hall.

In the town of Ohtsuchi, Iwate Pref., the radio emission antenna is located on a mountain top and was accessible only by all-wheel drive car, yet, the work had to be prolonged to next day due to the heavy rain fall by a storm.

With the completion of these UPS systems, BHN completed all the planned construction works for FM Broadcast Stations in Tohoku district.

We wish to sincerely thank to all who supported our project via GlobalGiving since the disaster occurred in 2011.   Although our construction assistance to those broadcast stations is ending, they may have many problems and encounter difficult issues that may need support from us.  We are firmly resolved to keep assisting them in the coming days.

Thank again to all!

UPS in Minami-Souma
UPS in Minami-Souma
UPS on Mountain Top
UPS on Mountain Top
Jul 23, 2014

New Installation of Solar Power in a High School

Class room at night
Class room at night

New Installation of Solar Power System in the Paung High School:

By the end of last May, BHN completed a solar power system in the High School of Paung Village.  School rooms are now lit with LED lamps and a large(50 inches) TV set with video player is used for visual studies.  Dormitories for teachers and toilets of the school are now also lit brightly.

After the construction works, the trainings for people to maintain the system for longer term were conducted in June.

The village of Paung is located about 50km from Hpa An, the capital of Karen(=Kayin) State, and many families of refugees are gradually returning to the villages around this area after the ceasefire between the central government and KNU(Karen National Union). 

The high school has 126 students coming from 17 neighboring villages.   Many of the high school students are staying overnight in the school to study until late hours to prepare for exams for higher education, however, the lack of funds prevented the use of a dynamo for enough hours for their night study. 

BHN is now preparing to build the same system in another high school in another village where many refugees are returning. 

Night view of the school
Night view of the school
Watching video program
Watching video program
Maintenance work
Maintenance work
Jun 9, 2014

Forum held for Community Broadcasting Stations

Participants from Kobe, Kyoto and other areas
Participants from Kobe, Kyoto and other areas

In Tohoku area, many of the community broadcasting stations were initially established for the purpose of disaster reduction and disseminating information for urgent daily necessity; e.g. distribution of foods & other urgent needs.

In the lapse of time, 3 years after the disaster, the radio programs are gradually shifting to supply information to enhance people's quality of life or to rebuild the communities lost by the disaster.

However, for such functions of community broadcasting to be sustainable, strong support by the community people is indispensable to gain financial aid from the municipality as most of the broadcasting stations have subsistence problems.

In April, further to improve the quality of the programs and serve better to local needs, broadcasting stations in Tohoku area jointly held a forum in Minami-soma Temporary Disaster Broadcasting Station, and over 30 operational staffs gathered to discuss & exchange their experiences.

Also, a little behind the schedule by technical reason, BHN Association plans to install uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems to the last remaining two stations in Tohoku area soon.

Participants discussing future plans
Participants discussing future plans

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