Typhoon Haiyan killed an estimated 10,000 people, displaced 2 million more while destroying 90% of infrastructure. Emergency radio stations have been created, however, with no electricity supply in the worst hit areas, people need solar radios to listen to critical updates. Restoring the communication networks must be a humanitarian priority as people are left in the dark in most areas. Donations will support the distribution of 3000 solar radios/lights with mobile chargers & emergency siren.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever recorded, caused widespread devastation. In the worst hit areas there is no electricity & 40% of those displaced are children. Some have resorted to looting & even violence, as people are desperate. Without access to reliable radio information, people rely on word of mouth and have no means to find additional, accurate information. Without light people can't see to undertake tasks, prepare food, walk safely, or address health emergencies after dark
How will this project solve this problem?
We will send a solar radio/light enabling survivors to listen to important updates broadcast on emergency radio stations. The radio also has with a light and phone charger, giving survivors the ability to contact family members. Radios are also important for psychosocial support and keeps them up-to-date with the government, aid agencies and the weather. We are liaising with the International Organization for Migration and First Response Radio to distribute the radio/l
Potential Long Term Impact
Natural disasters destroy infrastructure and people's lives. Recovery efforts take years. A Filipino government representative told reporters that because media and electricity are down, there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass way. Our radios will allow communication to be reestablished and since they are solar and wind-up, can be used 24/7. People will know where to collect aid to rebuild their lives and will help protect them from dangers after dark.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,080
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $58,920
Total Funding Goal: $60,000