Ongoing Radio Shows
KAMKA KURA The government estimates that every day, 600 young people leave Nepal in search of work abroad. Lack of opportunities cause frustration, social confusion, and hopelessness. To address these challenges, Saathi Sanga Manka Kura producers created the spin-off program Kamka Kura, a 30-minute program that disseminates information regarding livelihood issues designed to work like a distance-learning course in identifying, preparing for, participating in, and benefiting from locally available skills training programs. Youth learn how to seize available opportunities through through formats including drama, informal chats, interviews, success stories, features, reports, and letters.
SAMAJHDARI Research by Equal Access indicates that Women Living with HIV or AIDS and survivors of Violence Against Women are overlapping populations, meaning women experiencing domestic violence are at risk of HIV contraction and women with HIV or AIDS are at risk of violence. The radio program Samajhdari, with sixty listening groups and one million more listeners, directly integrates voices from rural communities in audio collected by twelve 'community reporters' who are themselves WLHA or survivors of VAW, and addresses these twin pandemics and their interconnectedness in a 30-minute show broadcast weekly. The programinstigates productive dialogues about sex, and teaches women how to speak unhesitatingly, think critically about their rights and choices and about the causes, consequences, and interconnectedness of HIV, AIDS and VAW, and organize collective actions to minimize them.
SAMBIDHAN SABHAMA YO SATA
SATHI SANGA MANKA KURA This 45 minute-long youth-targeted radio show initiated in early 2001 has won two international awards for excellence in radio broadcasting. Through informal ‘chats’ amongst hosts, short serial dramas, and interviews with experts, the program empowers youth with the knowledge and life skills needed to deal with the difficulties they face in their daily lives.
SSMK has been supplemented by Nepali-language print publications since the initiation of its listener’s clubs in 2006 to target rural and semi-urban youth. Reporters and editors are members of SSMK radio listener clubs.
Past Radio Shows
Desh Pardesh: The 4-year-long radio program Desh Pardesh is a radio broadcasting effort targeting the populations of Nepal going abroad to earn money who are mainly situated in the Mid and Far-Western Development Regions. The program raises awareness about HIV/AIDS, advocates safe sexual practices within migratory populations through case studies, voxpops, drama, songs, letters from listeners, and local voices in interview and voices of Nepalese migrant workers who have emigrated to India. Through Equal Access's Satellite Channel, this program simultaneously reaches people living in India and their family members in Nepal.
Kura Khasra Mitha
Milijuli Sikaun: Even amongst educators, an understanding of Early Childhood Development (ECD) basics in Nepal is rare. With the aim of raising awareness among parents, teachers and ECD facilitators on ECD, Equal Access has produced ECD content from 2006. Begun in July 2008, Milijuli Sikaun teaches parents in poor rural communities and without an ECD background or proper ECD facilities about how to inform their teaching with ECD best practices despite the hardship they face as educators.