Since EAI’s founding in 2000, our collectively inspired work has been tackling problems facing communities in some of the hardest to reach places of the globe. To have been recognized early on for our impactful work in helping communities develop innovative and sustainable solutions has been humbling and encourages us to expand our vision and mission to be of service to many more.
"More than media, it's now a movement."
- Ronni Goldfarb, Founder of EAI
EAI won the Microsoft Education award at the Tech Museum for Innovation, an event that celebrates individuals and organizations using technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems. The award recognized EAI for its dramatic expansion and significant global impact since first being named a laureate in 2003.
Equal Access Nepal (EAN) received the eNGO Challenge Award South Asia in recognition for being one of the top NGOs with the best information and communication technology (ICT) practices and digital media tools that benefit societies and communities at large in South Asian countries.
EAN was honored with an Avon Communications Award: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their work on VOICES– Samajhdari. VOICES is a radio and comprehensive community outreach project addressing the intersection between gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. Actress and Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador Salma Hayek Pinault presented the award during an adjunct event to the 57th session of the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations. The honor added to VOICES’ previous recognition in 2010.
EAI’s youth radio program in Nepal “Chatting with My Best Friend” (SSMK) was recognized in UNICEF’s August 2013 report on Integrating Information and Communication Technologies into Communication for Development Strategies to Support and Empower Marginalized Adolescent Girls. SSMK is a show that provides young people with crucial information about HIV/AIDS prevention, STDs, pre-marital pregnancies, trafficking, vocational training, and grappling with issues related to Nepal’s conflict and peace restoration.
[EAI’s] multi-channel feedback option…can exponentially increase the levels of participation by populations who cannot normally participate due to cost or literacy barriers, such as marginalized adolescent girls.”
The 2010 award-winning VOICES – Samajhdari was chosen to be presented by UN Women at the 2011 Convention on the Status of Women as one of two innovative models UN Women would like to replicate worldwide.
EAN won the prestigious One World Media Special Award for VOICES – Samajhdari. VOICES is a radio and comprehensive community outreach project addressing the intersection between gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. With over one million loyal weekly listeners, VOICES broke Nepal’s public silence around gender–based violence and HIV for the first time.
After just one year of programming, 35% of male respondents said they spoke out against physical assaults if they occurred in a public place compared to 16% at the start of the program.
EAI’s documentary film on the impact of opium and heroin use in Afghanistan, This is My Destiny, won the Best Documentary Feature award at the Film Directing 4 Women International Film Festival in London, UK.
EAI was selected as a winner of the World Bank’s South Asia Region Development Marketplace competition. This award recognized top civil society organizations with the most innovative ideas on how to improve nutrition.
In recognition of the impact of SSMK, EAI was given the UNICEF International Children’s Day for Broadcasting (ICDB) Award.
EAI received the Global Achievement Award for its youth radio program in Nepal “Chatting with My Best Friend” (SSMK), a show that provides young people with crucial information about HIV/AIDS prevention, STDs, pre-marital pregnancies, trafficking, vocational training, and grappling with issues related to Nepal’s conflict and peace restoration.
The show was also recognized with the Global Junior Challenge Award, a global award promoted by the Digital World Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the Municipality of Rome and six major ICT companies.
SSMK also received UNICEF’s award for outstanding program presentation on the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.
EA received the NASDAQ Tech Museum Education Award, Technology Benefiting Humanity (Tech Museum in San Jose, CA), which honors organizations applying technology to profoundly improve the human condition in the categories of education, equality, environment, economic development and health. This was in recognition of the breakthrough solution we designed and launched in Nepal, providing life-changing education on women’s and girls’ empowerment and HIV/AIDS prevention to 10,400 Nepalese in remote and marginalized regions of the country.