When the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, local radio broadcasting in Creole quickly alerted a disoriented population to safety measures and available aid. This helped get important information to many illiterate Haitians, who account for roughly half of the population. Most importantly, the lifesaving reports came from trusted local voices: Haitian journalists. Read more »
This weekend the Internews community learned of the tragic deaths of our greatly valued colleague, friend, and Internews Country Director, Philippe Allouard, and of greatly respected IT engineer of the ENDK radio program, Leonidas. They died in a traffic accident on the road between Port-au-Prince and Leogane in Haiti.
We are devastated by this loss and our hearts go out Philippe and Leonidas’ family and friends during this dark period. Read more »
When the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, resulting in more than 230,000 deaths and at least 300,000 injuries in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, communications infrastructure went critical. Read more »
Information matters, especially for individuals affected by severe crises like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. But critically, new research shows that listening to audiences may be just as important. Read more »
In an effort to determine the effectiveness of a communication campaign on cholera, a team of Haitians trained in audience research methods by Internews’ Deputy Country Director, Jennifer Mandel, surveyed and conducted focus groups with Haitians in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and in rural and urban areas, particularly in the parts of Haiti where the outbreak in December 2010 was most severe. Read more »
By Jacobo Quintanilla, Humanitarian Director at Internews
Through social media and communication tools, this local participation was a revolution in humanitarian aid. Despite the many question marks and variables still to be addressed on this front, there are two main outcomes that deserve to be highlighted. Read more »
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The caller from Boston was desperate.
She had just received a text message Tuesday from a friend trapped in the rubble of a Port-au-Prince school and needed to get the news to rescuers, the Haitian government, the world.
She called the right place: Signal FM, the only radio station in the city that has broadcast nonstop during the earthquake. Its building, transmitting equipment and antennas escaped damage, and the station has been a key source of information since the magnitude-7 temblor wrecked Haiti a week ago. Read more »
Last Jan 21st, only nine days after the devastating quake killed over 250,000 and displaced more than 1 million others, Internews launched a radio program to get critical life-saving info out to Haitians. News you can use is still going strong today. Read more »