United Nations Foundation Supports Emergency Communications in Haiti

Partnership With Un Foundation, Vodafone Foundation Enables Télécoms Sans Frontières To Establish Satellite Phone And Internet Lines In Port-Au-Prince

Washington, D.C.

July 27, 2008


Megan Rabbitt

Caption: For many, satellite-based call centers provide the first connection with the outside world since the earthquake hit. Here, survivors in Port-au-Prince use free satellite phone lines established by Télécoms Sans Frontières with funding from the UN Foundation & Vodafone Foundation.

The United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership supported the emergency deployment of a team of experts from UN partner organization Télécoms Sans Frontières to establish emergency telecommunications systems in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti last week.  With lack of communications networks hampering relief efforts, these satellite-based phone and internet lines are enabling humanitarian groups to quickly and effectively coordinate the distribution of aid and supplies in the country’s devastated capital. From the heart of the crisis, these emergency lines of communication also provide survivors with the chance to finally reconnect with family and loved ones.

The UN Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership is a leading public-private alliance dedicated to leveraging the power of communications technologies to strengthen the UN’s humanitarian work worldwide.

For a full gallery of photos from Haiti, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/unfoundation/. To request the hi-res version of any of these images, please contact Ingrid Madden at the email address or phone number listed below.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.  ???

Press Contact:
Ingrid Madden, United Nations Foundation, (o) 202-887-9040, (e) imadden@unfoundation.org