• Competitive Karaoke in a Disaster Zone

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    (Internews' humanitarian radio project in the Philippines is covered in this blog post from vocativ.)

    Karaoke. It’s for drunk Japanese businessmen, drunk students and, well, drunk people, most of them loathsome human beings. It’s certainly not for the audience, because they have ears, and it’s rarely any better when it’s recorded or played back. So is it good for anything? How about disaster relief?

  • Radio Bakdaw Connects Donors with Neighbors in Need

    A man lifts a wheelchair out of a boat
    Thursday, December 26, 2013

    Moving around had become quite a challenge for Loring (Lorena Milagros Abuda), since the typhoon had wrecked her wheelchair. Before, she was working as a mobile phone reloader, but the loss of her wheelchair had kept her bedridden.

    When she heard about the free services offered by Radyo Bakdaw (“Rise”) through her neighbor’s radio, Loring sent a text message to the station.

    After the radio station aired her story, a kind-hearted listener named Sonny Patron decided to contact the radio station.

  • Samar folk refuse to be silent, sing live on radio

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

    (Internews' humanitarian information project in the Philippines is covered in this article from the Philippine Star.)

    MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – Despite patchy electricity supply and the local radio station still not operating in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, Christmas will not be silent in the storm-devastated town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

    The non-government organization Internews set up an emergency radio station last Nov. 26 in Guiuan where the monster typhoon made landfall last Nov. 8.

  • Becoming a journalist in the largest refugee camp in the world

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    As the conflict in Syria stretches into a third year, more than two million Syrians, half of them children, have fled into neighboring countries, along with more than four million people who are displaced inside Syria. Most live in information voids − distrusting of media inside and out of Syria, and with very little access to any media at all.

  • Video Provides a Glimpse of the Critical Role of Humanitarian Radio in the Philippines

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Internews consultant Max Graef of RadioActive produced this short video from Tacloban and Guiuan in the Philippines where Internews has set up an emergency humanitarian radio station - Radio Bakdaw. The station provides vital information to people living in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyaan/Yolanda. RadioaActive provided radio equipment and technical assistance to help get this station on the air. 

  • “Information is like a light,” says UN's John Ging

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Bill Germinal of Radio Bakdaw in the Philippines, interviewed John Ging, Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), on December 15, 2013 about the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan.

    Speaking about the information that Radio Bakdaw provides, Ging said, “You’re turning on a light. Information is like a light. It’s taking people out of the dark.”

    Watch an excerpt from the interview:

  • 3 Meaningful Gifts to Give this Season

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    1. The gift of information

    When disaster strikes  ̶  as we’ve seen in the crisis following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines  ̶  people return to their most basic needs: safety, food, clean water, and shelter. Along with these, they need information. Access to credible and trustworthy information enables people to fulfill their other immediate needs, and take the steps needed for long-term recovery. Help our team in the Philippines, and in other emergencies around the world, provide the gift of information.

  • In the Philippines, Citizens Rely on Radio to Reconnect with Family

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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Listeners of Radyo Bakdaw in Guiuan, Philippines are using the radio to let family members know they are OK and to try and get information about relatives they’ve lost contact with.

    “When the station goes off the air at 8:00 pm, we’re flooded with text messages asking us to not stop broadcasting,” said Stijn Aelbers, Internews team leader.

    Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) went live on November 26, providing much-needed news and information to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.