Join AMARC's campaign to support community radios in Nepal

on 08 May 2015. Posted in News from the region

Nepal radioGhorka 29042015In solidarity with Nepalese people affected by the earthquake last April 25, we invite all ComDev Asia friends to join a fundraising campaign launched by AMARC to help rebuild the country's vibrant community radio network.

Please read AMARC's announcement below:

On April 25, Nepal was struck by an earthquake of 7.9 in magnitude. The damages are extensive and numerous aftershocks have complicated search and rescue work and the delivery of humanitarian help. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) expressed its solidarity with the people of Nepal and mobilizes its network to support them.

Nepal can count on a strong and vibrant community radio network. Stations are operating all over the country, even in remote areas. However, the April 25 earthquake has taken a toll on the network. More than a hundred radio stations in 30 districts have been affected and are in need of urgent help.

AMARC Asia Pacific staff are on the ground and hard at work, in collaboration with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB), assessing the status of community radios that have been damaged by the earthquake. Teams have been deployed in the field and are visiting some of the most severely impacted districts.

Why should you support the community radios of Nepal?

Community radios are a powerful tool in disaster relief situations. They are an indispensable way to provide reliable information to vulnerable population, help the humanitarian relief and ease the fear and worries of the population in tense situations. These radios are deeply rooted in their communities and serve as a focal point for the population to get the services they deserve and need in their language. In emergency situations, community radios can help make a difference.

How can you help?
  1. Make a secured donation to this fundraising campaign on AMARC’s website
  2. Promote the fundraising campaign in your network and on-air
  3. Add a link to the campaign on your website
  4. Promote the fundraising campaign on social media
What the community radios of Nepal need

Your donation will help to provide basic support to the damaged radio stations to ensure restoration of their services urgently. With your help, our teams will rebuild and repair the stations that have suffered damages:
  1. repair studios and broadcasting equipment
  2. repair or rebuild antennas, towers, power generation sources
  3. buy computers and broadcasting equipment
  4. buy portable audio recorders, cameras
All the funds donated to this campaign will go to the restoration of the community radio network of Nepal. Your donation will enable AMARC to provide support and expertise to our friends and colleagues in Nepal who are in dire need of help. Thank you for your generous support!

Contact: secretariat@si.amarc.org | 514 982-0351