3ACR conducting training with a women’s group in Pokhara
3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) had the opportunity to visit a small settlement area in Pokhara to provide training to a group of women living in the slums. Jeevan, 3ACR’s news chief shares one of the women’s story with us.
“One woman participating in the training came up to me to introduce herself. She told me that she listened to my programs regularly and got inspiration from it. She has been selling Chatpat and Panipuri (kind of Nepali fast food) for livelihood and, through our advocacy against human trafficking in our radio programs, she was motivated to keep her business going no matter how small or big it is in order to keep her and her family safe from trafficking.
Hearing her story, it inspired me to be more diligent about my work. We’ve also felt and observed the changes in people’s lives because of the things we do for our community. My encounter with the woman made me understand better the important role media plays in effecting change in people’s lives.”
Jeevan, 3ACR news chief
For most of the locals living in remote villages, the only form of communication they have is the radio. They listen to the daily programs from the time they wake up in the morning, and throughout the day as they work in their cowsheds, kitchens, and gardens. 3ACR’s programs keep them informed and help increase their awareness about human trafficking.
Jeevan has been with 3ACR for six years now. Being part of this life-changing advocacy has given him the opportunity to listen to and respond to the community’s voices and earn the privilege of becoming their friend.
Asha (right), 3ACR staff, with a local business woman during a 3ACR competition
Throughout the Nepal lockdown, 3 Angels Community Radio has been continuously helping communities through informative radio programming as well as distribution of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
As many people have lost their jobs, a lot have been suffering from mental issues, a number of families are not able to put food on their plates, and the risk of trafficking is continuously increasing. Out of desperate need, some may be resorting to selling sexually explicit materials online, while some may be easily lured to crossing the borders illegally in search of foreign employment. Our partner, 3 Angels Nepal, turned to communities, reaching them one by one and conducting awareness programs so that women and children remain informed.
One of the key objectives of the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) is to inform the public and raise awareness on relevant issues, particularly human trafficking. This holds true even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country. During the pandemic crisis, they were able to relay reliable information from the World Health Organization while maintaining most of their regular programming. One of the staff shares what else the team have been able to do during this crisis.
She is now leading the children’s program and has received several requests from schools and parents to visit and talk with the students. Her contribution in this increase of requests and participation from the audience is a great opportunity for us as we strengthen our advocacy on child rights and women’s issues.