A self-powered radio project makes information and education accessible to visually impaired people in China. Isolated listeners can receive advice, and connect with each other and their communities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Among China’s rural millions, the visually impaired struggle acutely with economic deprivation and social exclusion. China has the world’s largest disabled population. Discrimination exacerbates poor access to education, services and employment. 10 million blind people are further marginalized by lack of visual access. Unreliable electric supplies and high replacement costs of batteries impede radio access. Self-powered radio opens doors to information, empowerment and community connection.
How will this project solve this problem?
BBC's world-renowned "In Touch" series will broadcast from October 2006 in Beijing through Beijing Peoples’ Radio. Freeplay’s self-powered Lifeline radios will be distributed to extend program access to the rural visually impaired.
Potential Long Term Impact
The "In Touch for China" radio pilot attracted interest from broadcasters across China. Extending coverage and program access can help acutely marginalized rural blind people toward self-empowerment and connection with society.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,085
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,085 . The original project funding goal was $357,500.