Haiyan Relief - Radio and SMS Information Services



Communities in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan need more than physical necessities: they also have an urgent need for information. They need answers to questions such as: "What is the extent of the damage?" "Is it safe to go outside?" "My child needs medical attention. Where should I go?" EnviroNews.ph is working around the clock to deliver life-saving news and information to Filipinos in crisis, but needs your help to do it.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Extreme weather events brought on by climate change have taken out entire communities, cost countless lives and impacted economic productivity.Yet Filipinos, particularly those living on the coast,have limited information about climate change and consequently, are unable to adapt to these life-threatening challenges. Particularly in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, communities desperately need news and information about the ongoing crisis.

How will this project solve this problem?

Internews launched Radyo Bakdaw in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to deliver lifesaving news and information to those in search of loved ones, as well as food, water, shelter and safety. Internews is also working with local partner, EnviroNews.ph, the premier source of news, information and education on environmental issues in the Philippines, integrating short messaging service (SMS) reporting from journalists in the country through FrontlineSMS .

Potential Long Term Impact

Local media play a critical role in disaster relief and recovery efforts. In fact, local media is currently one of the most effective, but most under-utilized resources currently at our disposal in order to help Filipinos recover from disaster and become more resilient in future crises. Internews and EnviroNews harness the power of radio and SMS technology get vital news and information to those who need it most. Your donation will ensure that we can sustain their efforts for years to com

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $945

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $945 .  The original project funding goal was $5,700.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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