In October 2017 FRR trainers Mike Adams and Alan Fotheringham were in Kathmandu, Nepal to do 'radio in disaster' training with Radio Nepal. Working in partnership with BBC Media Action – Nepal, FRR was helping to strengthen their resilience through four practical days of class work and a one day field trial with the Suitcase Radio equipment.
The FRR Nepal team have now left Nepal, having helped the radio station in Dhunche get back on the air and trained local staff to develop programming to aid in the disaster recovery process.Mike Adams felt the second quake in Delhi airport, a few hours after he left Kathmandu. All the rest of the team reported in safe, and have now returned to their home countries. FRR anticipates returning to Nepal within the year if possible, to do further training with those working with disaster affected communities.
The work of FRR to restore Radio Rasuwa in North Central Nepal has been featured in a few National newspapers. Sorry if your Nepali is a bit rusty!
THE FRR team arrived in Dunche on Wednesday, and Radio Rasuwa was up and running an hour later, with live and interactive programming from a table outside the station – which caused lots of community interest. Programming began with updates from Govt officials and any news from the field from NGO’s, and asking the affected population what kind of information they wanted the most. As it becomes available advice on water, shelter, food and access to healthcare will be included.
The FRR South Asia team has met, coordinated and assessed where to deploy. Yesterday it was agreed that there is great need in the northern district of Rasuwa where reports say all radio is off the air. They tested the kit, stocked and tuned 140 radios, stocked up with food and supplies and got ready for an early start on Wed 5th May.
Three of the the FIRST Response Radio team, including Mike Adams, arrived in Nepal on Saturday 2nd May, and have been well received. They have had meetings with the ‘Communicating with Communities’ cluster group, and other organisations, and are assessing where the greatest needs are. 2 areas in the Gorkha district have been identified – one reachable by car, one by 4×4. A third area is only accessible by helicopter. It is thought that about a 1/3 of the radio stations are off air, and some are being operated from tents. They have a ‘studio in a suitcase’ kit, but training may be more necessary than equipment.
After reviewing assessments from from UN OCHA and CDAC members FRR is sending 3-4 members to help provide Communications with Communities (CwC). INTL Coordinator for FRR, Mike Adams will arrive in Nepal on Saturday. Two members of FRR India will join him with their suitcase radio kit on the same day. FRR Pakistan coordinator, Hazeen Latif joins the team as well. This team has responded to 10 disasters between them and brings a decade of experience in CwC work. They will be supporting a number of radio partners already working in Nepal.