Haiyan Relief - Radio and SMS Information Services

by Internews Vetted since 2009 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


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.

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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.


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 .

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


EnviroNews Homepage
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Internews' Earth Journalism Networks' website

Organization Information


Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.internews.org
Project Leader:
Amanda Frankel
Washington, D.C. United States

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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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