As 2011 came to an end, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (ENDK), or “News You Can Use,” celebrated the release of its 500th episode. In the two years following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, ENDK has become an essential source of news for listeners throughout the country. The radio program, produced by Haitians and for Haitians, continues to provide the population with basic information about health and hygiene, post-crisis reconstruction, development and civic education. Radio, one of the most important sources of information for Haitians, has played an essential role in supporting the population through the difficult and painful process of reconstruction, providing individuals with the information they need to make informed decisions for their well-being. When asked in a focus group discussion in the provinces about what they had learned from ENDK, one Haitian responded, “you can protect yourself from cholera by following all the hygiene rules such as: not drinking water that is not treated…not eating food that is not fully cooked.” Listeners of the program are able to share information they learn with others, spreading important information throughout their communities.
The impact of the radio program has been profound in shaping the humanitarian response and engaging the local population. Throughout our work in Haiti, Internews has continued to work with local journalists to build their capacity and ensure the sustainability of programs like ENDK. Journalists like Karl Foster Candio, one of the early editors-in-chief of ENDK, have gained significant recognition for their skills and have gone on to work for other national news outlets, spreading their knowledge and skill to national news outlets in desperate need of skilled reporters. This has been our goal from the beginning of the project and we are continuing to support the Haitian media through training and capacity building. Internews has engaged short term consultants to actively build the capacity of local media outlets in Haiti, and the Senior Resident Journalism Advisor, continues to help our partner radio stations to develop useful programming for their listeners. This past January Radio Boukman and Vision 2000 independently produced their first ENDK-like reports. We are extremely hopeful and excited about the progress that community radio stations are making and their growing independence in the Haitian media.
Thanks to your generous support, we were able to help Haitian people spread vital information throughout their own communities during a time of great crisis. Our work would not have been possible without your contributions.
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