Urgent Information for Haiti’s Earthquake Victim

by Internews
Apr 14, 2010

How You've Helped Quake Survivors Connect in Haiti

Robenson Sanon interviews quake survivors
Robenson Sanon interviews quake survivors

Thanks to the quick response of Global Giving donors like you, Internews was able to immediately initiate a media response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti within days and continues to meet the information needs of the people of Haiti post-earthquake.

Your support has funded the production of over 40 humanitarian broadcasts to date: Internews Network’s daily humanitarian information program, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen, began January 21, and reaches Haitians via 27 local radio stations, with information on safety, health, aid and reconstruction. The program is reported and produced by local journalists, who convey useful information to listeners in camps, makeshift shelters, and homes.

The show’s practical health and nutrition advice is saving lives. Even simple information can have a wide impact on the well-being of earthquake survivors. Along with receiving information, listeners rely on the program as a means to communicate their needs to the government and aid agencies.

- Frantz Larsen’s five-month-old child had been trying to drink cow’s milk for several days, after Frantz’s wife stopped breastfeeding and Frantz had been trying without success to buy milk formula. When Frantz heard a radio report that said babies should be breastfed for at least six months, he told reporters he encouraged his wife to breastfeed the baby again.

- Armand said he now makes sure his children take soap with them to camp latrines to wash up, after hearing a report on the humanitarian broadcast, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (News You Can Use), about disease risks incurred by people who do not wash their hands when leaving the toilet.

Internews as partners in the community: Earthquake survivors respect and trust the Internews team in Haiti. We receive over 100 SMS/text messages a day. Questions are aggregated and incorporated into the programming, and we deploy journalists to investigate and report on issues of most interest to the people.

Sample SMS/text messages received on February 23: “My name is Richard and I live in Delmas 75. I commend you for the right information you bring to the country.”

“We live in the village Renesans, and we have received no official visit… not even a bottle of water… We ask for help for the village of Renesans. Thank you.”

“Please, tell us where we can find tents and tarpaulins, and where we should get them, because I have a nurse with many children, and there one who is sick because he sleeps outside.”

Direct Link between Aid Agencies and Earthquake Survivors: Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen provides a direct link between listeners like these and the aid agencies who are providing direct services. Internews’ radio journalists have established contact with all major humanitarian players and routinely carry public service messages from the agencies and report on their aid work.

Dimitry Leger of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said “I find Internews invaluable for getting [UNFPA] messages out to the affected population. News You Can Use is a huge hit among Haitians, and its young Haitian journalists are well-trained and very sharp. Their questions give me insights on how the UN could do a better job.”

Melanie Brooks of CARE International explained how her agency relies on the radio program: “CARE has already used the program to explain to people how to improve their shelters to make them waterproof for the rainy season – information that will help keep people dry and prevent illness. Having access to such a wide audience through the Internews program allows CARE to reach far more people with important messages than we could on our own.”

Internews Reporters in Haiti Cover Clinton/Bush Visit: Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush traveled to Port-au-Prince on March 22 in the efforts to continue raising awareness and funds for Haiti. They met with President René Préval and afterwards, held a joint press conference. Local Internews reporters in Haiti covered President Préval's remarks and interviewed local people about the event.

After the press conference, which was attended by local and international press, the Presidents visited Champs de Mars, one of the largest IDP sites in Port-Au-Prince. They met with the Haitian people and spoke to them about their lives in the camps. For about an hour, they addressed solutions and fund raising and provided support to the locals. The crowds poured out to shake their hands and to get a glimpse.

Thank you - Global Giving donors. You are helping make all this possible. Please leave us feedback, comments or vote on the usefulness of this report.

Internews Local Journalists Cover Press Conference
Internews Local Journalists Cover Press Conference
Haitian Father Listens to News on Surivival
Haitian Father Listens to News on Surivival
Internews Haiti team broadcasting
Internews Haiti team broadcasting 'Hope for Haiti'



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