Radio Netherlands Worldwide is sending a mini radio station to Haiti. Many radio stations in the country have been destroyed by the earthquake and many of the people that worked there have been killed. It is in disasters like the one in Haiti that information is vital for survival.
It's a reliable, sturdy and low-cost integrated mobile broadcasting system for community radio in disasters and emergencies. These radio boxes contain a laptop, mixer, CD/cassette player and an FM transmitter. They can be used to produce radio programmes using a portable digital audio recorder, microphone inputs or other pre-recorded material.
The idea is that Haitian journalists use the equipment. Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) was asked to help by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, which will help get the equipment to Haiti. This organisation has close ties with partners in the region. The request stated: We feel the exceptional magnitude of this recent disaster merits exceptional consideration and support.
The earthquake in Padang, Indonesia last September was apparently another exceptional case. Then RNW sent a 'radio in a box' to Sumatra. The reactions were positive. Technical coordinator Marc Brouwer says, "It works really well. The equipment is small and compact. You can put it in any plane going that way. It is completely self-sufficient."