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Equal Access International

Overview

Throughout the developing world, many individuals do not receive basic information and education. Our combined radio, training and outreach programs empower underserved communities to improve their lives across a variety of areas, including women’s empowerment, HIV/AIDS, safe migration, early childhood development, sustainable livelihoods, health and sanitation, civic education, youth life skills, and peace building. Our combined approach seeks to create change among communities among all three levels of knowledge, attitude and behavior.

Mission

Equal Access creates positive social change for millions of people in the developing world by providing critically needed information and education through locally produced and targeted content, the use of appropriate and cost-effective technology, and effective partnerships and community engagement.

Program

Equal Access' satellite and FM radio networks in Nepal, Afghanistan and Cambodia allow millions of underserved people to access critically needed information through engaging radio series. Often, our radio series combine a drama component - which encourages listeners to tune in episode after episode and emulate role model characters - and a magazine section of interviews and references to available services. All radio content is produced in-country, often by Equal Access staff and production partners; however, some communities have been trained to produce their own radio shows, discussing issues that are important to them. Also, Equal Access has trained some rural community members to act as reporters. collecting voices and stories of people in their region for broadcast, creating a national dialogue. Trained local discussion facilitators lead their communities in dialogue and action around what they hear in the radio shows. Ongoing outreach communicates listener feedback to the radio production team, ensuring the content is well aligned with community needs.

Impact

Stories of empowerment continually reaffirm the value of our programs. In Nepal, over a thousand letters received each month from youth describe how the program inspired them to take action to improve their community or ask the chat show hosts for advice. Our program addressing rights and Islam in Afghanistan has encouraged local councils to show a greater respect for women’s rights in their decisions regarding such issues as divorce or domestic violence. Provided with greater education about human trafficking through our, Cambodian girls are taking greater precautions before migrating, sometimes canceling their plans to go with certain job recruiters.

Countries 

Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, India

Contact 

38 Keyes Avenue #3

Building 38, The Presidio

San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone: (415) 561-4885

www.equalaccess.org

EIN: 94-3402601


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