Last week, a generous donor announced that she would match every donation to Internews, dollar for dollar, until we reached $30,000. Today, I am happy meet this challenge with my own donation, as well to tell my own story and why I support this organization.
I've served on Internews' board for the last few years because I believe passionately in information's power to transform, empower, and save lives.
I've had the opportunity to see this firsthand from my home in Silicon Valley, working with organizations and companies that use technology to make information more accessible, more useful, more powerful.
In The Guardian, Jeanne Bourgault, Internews President & CEO, and Daniel Bruce, Internews Europe Chief Executive, argue that journalists on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak have a vital role in stopping the epidemic: messaging campaigns from governments and international aid workers are important, but not enough.
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The deadly Ebola outbreak has so far claimed more than 2,200 lives. In a public health emergency like this one, people need reliable, trustworthy, and actionable information about the disease and how to prevent it.
A new report released by a consortium of UN agencies and NGOs, including Internews, highlights the importance of access to information for Iraqi communities and their ability to cope with the current humanitarian crisis.
According to the United Nations, 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced across the country due to the violent advances of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In addition, there are 216,000 registered Syrian refugees in Iraq.
Today, on World Humanitarian Day, Internews is marking the important role of information in humanitarian response. In any crisis, whether natural disaster or armed conflict, information is an important form of aid in its own right.
In South Sudan, Gaza, and West Africa, Internews is currently helping to fill information voids and support two-way communication between affected populations and aid providers. Focusing on information as a means of humanitarian response enables people to take an active role in their own survival, and makes humanitarian aid more effective and accountable.
Starting today, 100% of donations to GlobalGiving projects supporting treatment and prevention of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will be matched by the The Paul G Allen Foundation. Donating now means your gift will be doubled, and provides twice the support for Internews' life-saving communications at this critically important time.
Internews, Humanity United and CPJ invite you to a conversation with four journalists visiting from South Sudan for the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
Amid conflict and threats to their own safety, the journalists have remained committed to broadcasting which informs their communities. From a 24-hour station in Juba to a unique humanitarian news service delivered via loudspeakers on a motorbike, the reporters have found ways to produce accurate, trusted information for South Sudan’s listeners, wherever they are.