Friday, January 22, 2010
Solar/Wind Up Radios to Haiti
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are living outdoors and a reported "exodus without precedent"* is underway as people flee to the Dominican Republic or beyond. The U.S. Military currently is distributing 50,000 radios to get critical information to the displaced, but many more are needed. Freeplay Foundation Ambassador, Tom Hanks, is asking for help to get Freeplay solar-powered and wind-up radios to the Haitian people for the days and months ahead.
Understanding the Haitian people's critical need to access accurate information now and for months to come, Tom Hanks has provided the funding to launch our Haiti Humanitarian Radio Relief Fund. Survivors need to locate food, water, and medical stations. 500,000 homeless people need to know where to go as they flee Port-Au-Prince. In the months to come, radio will be essential during the re-building efforts. To donate: http://www.freeplayfoundation.org/haitiearthquakefund.html
And this from Jim Ellinger from AMARC via Austin, TX:
"... hopefully the 7-8000 solar/crank radios will be on the island soon, ready and waiting to listen to any number of re-newed AMARC affiliate stations! Let's call that some good radio news!"
NOTE OF CAUTION: One report has the Freeplay radios being distributed by CARE. The use CARE has been questioned, especially as it has been aligned with the corrupt US supported regimes as a "pay for work" in a manner similar to what the Marines required in their occupation from 1915 to 1934. Food and aid were (then and recently) rationed as to the level of cooperation with the maquila/exploitative infrastructure. See the film, Haiti: Bitter Cane.