Urgent Information for Haiti’s Earthquake Victim

by Internews
Vetted
Jun 14, 2010

Haitians in Tent Cities Get Humanitarian Info

Man receives handcrack radio (Winnie Romeril)
Man receives handcrack radio (Winnie Romeril)

By supporting Internews’ efforts in Haiti, you can directly make possible the broadcast of vital information in a country that largely depends on radio for its news and information. Help us continue to serve the needs of earthquake victims in Haiti and contribute to the long-term recovery of Haiti’s media sector.

Haitians are still struggling with devastating after effects of the January 12 earthquake. Almost two million people are living in displaced person camps, in which problems of garbage disposal, health, security and violence are compounded.

Providing Haitians with reliable information is critical to their continuing struggle to obtain employment, education for their children, permanent housing and access to health services.

Since a few days after the earthquake, with a team of local reporters, Internews has been producing a daily 15-minute news program – Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (News You Can Use) – that is currently airing on 25 local radio stations.

A survey found that 82% of men and 67% of women listen to Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen as an information source. “If you go to Haiti, everyone, just everything they say is, 'News You Can Use said that. News You Can Use said that,'” said Caitlin Klevorick, Special Assistant to Counselor Cheryl Mills, US State Department, at a panel discussion on the role of media in the response to the earthquake. Almost one million Haitians listen to and depend on Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen for humanitarian news and information.

The program reports critical information about water distribution points, openings of displaced persons camps, the role of search and rescue teams, public health advisories, education, culture and more. The program invites direct feedback from the affected population in the form of SMS text messages and emails, keeping the broadcast current. Radio, along with church, is one of the most trusted sources of information in Haiti and people overwhelmingly prefer local stations.

The continuation of humanitarian broadcasting as well as building and sustaining a strong local media is critical to Haiti’s reconstruction and political and economic development.

What donors are saying:

“(I give because of) the unsurpassed work Internews does in emergency situations in restoring access to information and news, which does "save lives" – Sarah Tisch, DC

“(I give because I) believe that the power of communication is imperative in a humanitarian disaster of this sort” – Katie Well, London

Thank you for your support. Together, we can make a difference.

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.internews.org
Project Leader:
Laura Stein Lindamood
Director of Communications
Washington, DC United States

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