For more information visit: http://www.amarc.org/haiti
- SAKS offices and production studios destroyed, many staff also lost their houses
- REFRAKA (Haiti Community Radio Women’s Network) offices also destroyed
- AMARC assisting SAKS and REFRAKA to re-establish media production
- AMARC/SAKS initial community radio assessment mission completed
- 16 community radios visited outside PaP, programming and other advice provided
- Radyo Zetwal completely destroyed, others minor damage, impact on staff and population
- most stations have diminished output, due to impact on staff, fuel costs, technical damage
- meeting held of AMEKA (Haiti Community Media Association) in PaP
- close liaison on the ground with IMS, Internews and other media support agencies
SAKS (Sosyete Animasyon ak Kominakasyon Sosyal) - centre for media
production and community radio support in PaP working with around 20
community radios throughout Haiti, office (34 rue Dalencourt) was
totally destroyed, all 11 staff reported as alive and well however their
houses have all been either damaged (5 cases) or destroyed (6 cases).
Three staff have left Port-au-Prince to seek shelter elsewhere and 7 are
living in temporary shelter. SAKS is negotiating a temporary office
location. AMARC is assisting with funds and equipment acquisition to
re-establish media production and media support function for community
Video report at: <http://youtu.be/—gHkdYklZQ>http://youtu.be/—gHkdYklZQ
REFRAKA (Haiti Community Radio Women’s Network) - office (36 rue
Dalencourt PP) was totally
destroyed, one member of staff lightly injured after narrow escape,
others safe and well. AMARC/SAKS assisting REFRAKA to regroup and to
re-establish media production and networking function.
Video report at: <http://youtu.be/bR151u9P5Ko>http://youtu.be/bR151u9P5Ko
Radyo Zetwal Peyizan (Fondwa) - building and studios totally destroyed,
broadcasting stopped, requires replacement studio and transmission
system, many disaster victims and refugees in coverage area. AMARC/SAKS
preparing to install new broadcast and studio system in temporary
Video report at: <http://youtu.be/hA_nXAWMXxc>http://youtu.be/hA_nXAWMXxc
Radyo Vwa Peyizan Sid (Cavaillon) - main transmitter at Mont Briyeux
broken down, relay broken between Pliche and Mont Briyeux, operating at
reduced power and reduced programming output. Many refugees in coverage
area, estimated doubling of the population. AMARC/SAKS will assist with
Radyo Saka (Grand Goave) - building damaged, operating on reduced power
with reduced hours, programmes focussing on immediate needs - food, aid
and security - many people have left the earthquake zone.
Radyo Soyet FM (Bainet) - minor fissures to building but equipment
undamaged, operating on reduced hours due to fuel costs and poor quality
power storage. Local population has increased with displaced people.
Radyo Pep Lakay (Corail Henry) - some small fissures to building, but
equipment undamaged and continues to broadcast with augmented
programming and focus on humanitarian needs and information. Many local
people who work in PaP died or suffered injuries, large influx to the
area of returnees and displaced people.
Radyo Vwa Klodi Mizo (Cayes) - no direct impact, many displaced people
in the area, local hospital overstretched with casualties, programming
focussed on need for public information, dispel rumours.
Radyo Vwa Peyizan (Papay) - no direct impact, many returnees and
displaced people in the area, are re-broadcasting some humanitarian
information programming from Signal FM in PaP.
Radyo Boukan (Savanet) - no direct impact, some light damage to
buildings in the area, many returners from affected areas and displaced
people, carrying programming focussed on public information and advice.
Radyo Flanbo (Cayes Jacmel) - some damage to antenna cabling, reduced
broadcasting hours due to impact on staff and volunteers, carrying
public information programming, counselling and advice.
A full report will be available shortly on these and 7 other stations at
Immediate priorities to re-establish functioning of SAKS, including
replacement studios and office accommodation, help to re-establish
REFRAKA’s office, assistance to Radio Zetwal to recommence broadcasting,
and support to ensure the community radio stations are fully engaged in
humanitarian communications and in reconstruction.
Priorities identified for reconstruction phase including equipment and
technical support, training in humanitarian communication and reporting,
improve connectivity, planning for sustainability.
Consultation and feasibility work to be undertaken on needs of displaced
Follow-up international support in preparation. Initial funding support
being provided by Free Voice and OSI. Follow-up and reconstruction phase
funding expected from existing SAKS donors plus discussions with others
agencies (NGOs and bilateral) in Japan, Canada, Netherlands, Germany,
Sony Esteus/SAKS is focal point in PaP.
For further information follow:
In Port au Prince
SAKS / AMARC Haiti
509 3701-5029, 509 3409-5029
AMARC International Secretariat (Montreal)
Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General
AMARC Latin America and Caribbean (Buenos Aires)
Ernesto Lamas, Regional Coordinator