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Jun 4, 2019

A New Radio Show for Women and Girls

A listening group gathers to hear latest episodes
A listening group gathers to hear latest episodes

This past spring, Internews’ radio production team in Cox’s Bazar, in partnership with the local radio stations, launched Ma Boin er Lai (“Mothers and Daughters”), a new radio program focused on issues facing women and girls from both the Rohingya and host communities. Taking the form of a serialized radio drama, Ma Boin er Lai follows the fictional lives of a female teacher and her students as they navigate a range of topics including sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, women’s mobility, and access to information. The pilot episode focused on women’s access to education, and the importance of ensuring that girls are allowed and able to stay in school. The episode included the story of Begum Rokeya, a pioneering Bengali writer and organizer who advocated for women’s rights and founded the first schools for girls in the region.

Ma Boin er Lai will air twice a month on the local radio station and will be played for the members of the listening groups, for feedback and ideas on how the programming can best address issues of concern for Rohingya and Bangladeshi alike.

In addition to the new radio show, Shantir Lai Kotha Koi (“Talking Peace”) airs weekly, bringing together members of the Bangladeshi and Rohingya community to discuss critical local issues that impact both communities. Recent episodes addressed how life has changed since the influx of refugees, education, drug abuse, sharing resources, supporting survivors of gender-based violence, and the challenges of life in a refugee camp.

The team also completed an updated Information Needs Assessment to identify how needs have changed since the first assessment in October 2017. In our next report we will share the findings and full Assessment.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and belief in this work. Without your support we would not be able to continue providing critical information to Rohingya refugees or facilitate conversations and learning with their Bangladeshi host communities.

Apr 4, 2019

KSB Recognized in The New Humanitarian

Since our last report, Kabar Sulteng Bangkit (KSB) has continued to expand its reach in Central Sulawesi, with nearly 10,000 active followers on Facebook. Now, six months after the earthquake and tsunami that hit on September 28, 2018, people in and around Palu are working to rebuild their lives. The local journalists of KSB are working to get recovery and aid information to their community, bring issues to the attention of government officials and aid agencies while holding them to account. You can learn more about the evolution of KSB, the local journalists running it, and how support from GlobalGiving supported the startup of this vital recovery news service in a recent article from The New Humanitarian. While it will take years for Central Sulawesi to rebuild, having a local, grassroots news source will help ensure that the process is inclusive and accountable.

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Apr 3, 2019

Updates from InfoAsAid

Now three months into 2019, the InfoAsAid team is excited to share our program updates and plans for the rest of the year.

In January we deepened our partnership with Nethope to address the long-term recovery issues of health, mental health, food security, and economic development. Nethope is working with NGOs across the island to collect, aggregate, analyze and share data on these issues and create an accessible data portal that will allow NGOs as well as journalists to have a more comprehensive understanding of these issues and to identify gaps, overlaps and places for deeper investment.

The InfoAsAid team is addressing the four topics through journalism and local engagement, tracking and reporting on the data collected by NetHope, as well as contributing to it through active community engagement and listening. Our citizen journalists are working in the rural communities of Arecibo, Morovis, Toa Baja, Fajardo, Maunabo, and Arroyo, ensuring that people have opportunities to provide feedback, voice their concerns, and receive news and information that are relevant to their needs.

The news stories continue to be published on the InfoAsAid Facebook page (with nearly 72,000 followers!) and as weekly email newsletter, which are now also being printed and distributed as hard copies to reach people without regular internet access. Starting last month, the citizen reporters are also broadcasting their reports and sharing interviews through WALO FM radio—amplifying the reach of each story.

Finally, we are excited to announce that we have a new photojournalist starting with the team! Gabriella participated in the recent National Geographic Photo Camp and produced a photo essay on resilience in the aftermath of Hurricane María at coffee plantations in Adjuntas. She was selected as the 2017 Student Photographer of the Year in the Association of Puerto Rican Photojournalists competition and was awarded the José Ismael Fernández Photojournalism Scholarship, for which she interned at GFR Media, one of the largest news organizations on the island. Her images have been published in Revista Espacialidades, Revista Trasunto, Revista Brinca Verja, Primera Hora, and El Nuevo Día. In January she was shortlisted for the 2019 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellowship. She was selected for the 2018 New York Times Lens Portfolio Review and the New York Times Summer Journalism Institute. One of her long-term goals is to establish a documentary photography curriculum in Puerto Rico. We are thrilled to have her join the team and lend her keen eye for visual storytelling.

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