Residents of rural Haiti are isolated in too many ways. Radio and other media taken for granted in the developed world can save lives, offer vital training and education, entertain, and address social and civic issues.
During times of disaster, community radio and other live media can be used in the developing world to save lives in areas that otherwise have little or no access to real-time information. In addition, training and education programs can impact everything from farm yields to awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. Media can be a powerful component of sustainable development efforts in rural areas in Haiti.
Why: Farmers and local businesses alike need accurate, up-to-date weather reports. Health workers need ways to get important messages about sanitation, mosquito borne viruses such as Zika, and more to the population. Schools need to communicate directly with parents of their students. For many reasons, local community radio stations provide vital information and training, as well as entertainment.
What: CEI is currently forming partnerships to create a pilot community radio program in the Paillant, Haiti area. The intent is to include live broadcasting of most important current news, and pre-recorded content that educates and entertains.
Who: Jean Fils Chery, priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is serving as CEI consultant in Haiti. Pere Chery created a community radio station in Gonaives for the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, and second community station in the Southern Peninsula. His programming included content directed at empowering women to faces the challenges of Haitian life, and of youth sharing their experiences to motivate for nonviolence and education. CEI is currently in conversation with other organizations currently working successfully in Haiti. Stay tuned for more about these exciting developing partnerships!
In rural areas without electricity or Internet service, “Sneakernet” can be an economic and effective way to bring visual programming to communities. At the request of our Haitian partners, CEI is currently gathering resources to pilot a program later in 2017.
Why: People in rural communities in Haiti lack access to entertainment and to good educational programming. Sneakernet-based solutions can reinforce training already taking place in the community, and provide a scalable delivery system for civic, leadership, social, and specific content-area training. It can also provide a venue for local artists, musicians, writers, producers, directors, filmmakers, and more.
What: A simple battery-powered computer and projector are used to deliver downloaded content to schools and communities. A CEI partner has prototype technology ready to pilot and we are currently working with other partners to create content. Programming will be uploaded to the Internet to be made available at no charge to additional users. Over time, we envision this project dovetailing with others of our cross-border programs, expanding the two-way collaborations in both Haiti and the United States.
Who: The pilot audiences are in the Paillant area of Haiti. As with all CEI programs, the intent is to spread the work beyond that area when concept, content, and method of delivery are ready. CEI is working with an advisory group of experts and will announce partners in 2017. If you would like to be part of this exciting new project, please contact us.
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