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Media9 honours 10 impact heroes at the ‘360 Impact Awards 2022’

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KATHMANDU: Media9 honoured 10 impact heroes — individuals, teams and organisations — at the ‘360 Impact Awards 2022’ ceremony organised in Kathmandu, on Thursday. The awards were dedicated to the courage, vision and dedication of heroes who went out of their way to find solutions to mitigate the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic that has created difficult situations across Nepal for one and all. On the occasion, Media9 Editor Charu Chadha thanked all for being a part of the event. She recalled how the outbreak of Covid 19 took its toll on humanity since it spread across the world by the beginning of 2020. She said the world has irreversibly changed now, “We are confronted by the fragility of life as a collective species. Yet the viruses demand that we isolate.” She expressed, “As heartbreaking images of death and fear filled the screens, I recalled the images of exhausted frontline workers, ill-prepared health system, our leadership paralysed with inadequate response mechanisms, there was fear, anger, hunger, grief, sickness death in the air. but in it, also surfaced the miracle of the human spirit of solidarity and the survival.” Chadha praised those who chose to take action in the most trying hours with incredible devotion, courage, compassion and commitment to mitigate challenges for those in dire need. She said, “They are the fundamental anchors who created a sense of safety connection and bonding to keep hope alive.” "For us at media9, it changed how we define heroes. We believe acts of courage and compassion must be honoured,” she said and added, “We all carry the ability to make a difference. But positive input during hard times overweighs its normal effect. It goes beyond solving problems to help, heal, revive, hope and inspire humanity.” She said, “There are so many heroes amongst us that deserve to be celebrated. Our recognition of 10 heroes today is also a celebration of their impact.” The 10 heroes who were honoured at the '360 Impact Awards 2022' included Ajhai Kati Sahane Movement, COVID Alliance for Nepal, Ek EK Paila, Enough Is Enough Movement, Hami Nepal, Indira Ranamagar, Moin Uddin, National Innovation Centre Nepal, Nepal Ambulance Service and RNA 16 Rescue and Awareness.
Ajhai Kati Sahane Movement What started as an anthem protesting violence against women in Chile in 2019 has sparked a nationwide movement in Nepal. On November 7, 2020, around 1,000 young Nepali women took to the streets to bring attention to rising rape cases and sexual violence in the region using the Chilean anthem 'The Rapist is You!' It was translated in Nepali 'Ajhai Kati Sahane'.
COVID Alliance for Nepal Covid  Alliance for Nepal is an all-volunteer crisis-response group of individuals and organisations who have come together to tackle the current Covid situation in Nepal. The alliance's guiding principle is around collaboration and creating immediate and sustainable impact whereby decisions are driven by science, data and expertise.
EK EK Paila EK EK Paila is a volunteer-based healthcare non-profit team that works to bring free and/or affordable healthcare facilities to the rural corners of Nepal while also making sure to raise funds domestically and sustainably. The organisation delivers comprehensive healthcare through health camps, telemedicine, community clinic and awareness creation. EK EK Paila also set up a Covid response team to help rural communities affected by the pandemic.
Enough Is Enough Movement Enough is Enough was initiated in early June 2020 by a group of active youngsters who insisted it remains a faceless and non-violent citizen movement with clear demands at its core when the Covid 19 pandemic was at its peak and the government was unable to effectively manage the crisis. The campaign served as a rallying point for a huge segment of the urban youth population to demand better action and accountability.
Hami Nepal Hami Nepal is a non-profit organisation that directly connects donors and recipients. The main objective is to help anyone in need without any hesitation and expectation of payback. The organisation does not spend any of the received donations on administration costs and all of their volunteers, mobilised for the authentication of the problem, logistics and delivery, cover their own expenses in order to save administrative expenses.
Indira Ranamagar Indira Ranamagar is the Founder and Director of Prisoners Assistance Nepal, a non-profit that helps incarcerated women and children. Ranamagar is a reliable advocate, not only for prisoners and their children but also for indigenous women and their families. During the pandemic, Ranamagar took to the streets to help the poor and hungry people by providing them hot meals which she often even cooked herself, and provided medical assistance to those in dire need.
Moin Uddin During a period when the coronavirus had paralysed economies, devastated communities, and confined nearly four billion people to their homes, Uddin was exploring the culture of Upper Dolpo and teaching young students. Armed with pens, pencils and books, Uddin was teaching 60 students from class 7-10 at the Crystal Mountain School to ensure children were still learning. He also ran daily video logs of his journey to raise awareness of the importance of education.
National Innovation Centre Nepal NIC Nepal, with a vision to make Nepal an economically prosperous nation through Research, Innovation, and Technology, and finding solutions was established in 2012. During the pandemic, NIC Nepal created PPE suits, helped repair ventilators and distributed more than 51,300 PPE gowns to more than 300 hospitals, primary health care centres, Corona isolation centres, and Corona testing and treatment hospitals of 58 districts of 7 provinces of Nepal, among other notable initiatives. NIC Nepal was founded by Dr Mahabir Pun.
Nepal Ambulance Service  Nepal Ambulance Service is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the establishment of an emergency medical response system in Kathmandu and Patan municipalities. NAS has seen a staggering increase in the number of ambulance call-outs since the outbreak of the pandemic. With taxis off the road and personal vehicles temporarily banned during the lockdown, NAS ambulances were extraordinarily busy and crews highly stressed, responding to calls of citizens in medical distress.
RNA 16 Rescue and Awareness RNA 16 stands for "Rescue and Awareness and the 16 kinds of disasters they have prepared to deal with, from Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake to road accidents, They have been lauded by doctors and civic leaders for aiding a health care system ill-equipped for the pandemic. The volunteer group RNA 16 was in the news in May 2020 after it handled the first coronavirus death in Nepal at a time when there was an extreme stigma about the disease.
On the occasion, Media9 Director Saurabh Jyoti expressed his pleasure for honouring individuals, teams and organisations who took action with courage, compassion and sheer vision. He said the impact award is the celebration of the vision, courage and determination of such individuals and organisations that bring about social and economic impact. “We are honoured to recognise those who continuously work towards the betterment of society and the nation at large,” he said. He apprised all the guests of the dedication of the countries’ two leading magazines — Business 360 and WOW — by Media9 and further expansion from e-magazines to online content. “The economy is the backbone of the nation and Business 360 focuses on economic development by disseminating information, getting opinions of national and industry leaders promoting and encouraging businesses from its platform and providing information about the latest trends, data, statistics for the readers. Recalling that 52% of the total population of Nepal is comprised of women, Jyoti said it was impossible to dream of a prosperous Nepal without including the 52%. That’s why there is WOW, the women’s magazine that men just love to read. On the occasion, Media9 Director Hemant Golchha felicitated the jury members — Dr Keyoor Gautam, Chairman of Samyak Diagnostic; Manish Shah, Founder CEO of Facts Research and Analytics; Shaguni Shakya, Executive Director of Kathmandu Guest House, KGH Group of Hotels; Rajib Upadhya, Writer and Development Specialist, Author, Cabals and Cartels; and Yankila Sherpa, former Tourism Minister and Managing Director of Snow Leopard Trek Nepal. Chief Guest at the event, renowned ophthalmologist, Dr Sanduk Ruit, who has restored the sight of over 180,000 people across Africa and Asia using small-incision cataract surgery, was the chief guest at the event. Dr Ruit, who has been referred to as ‘God of Sight” shared about the challenges he had to face when he pursued the path of his passion of serving poor people. He shared the situation of poor people suffering from eye disease in the remote hilly areas of Nepal which in themselves are the source of inspiration. Anuradha Koirala, Founder and Chairperson of Maiti Nepal; Prof Dr Madhu Dixit Devkota, Executive Chairperson, Upendra Devkota Memorial – National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences; Padma Jyoti, Chairman of Jyoti Group; Mohna Ansari, Human rights advocate and former commissioner of National Human Rights Commission; Rabindra Puri, Architect, Culture Artist and Heritage Conservationist; Pukar Malla, Founder and Chairperson of Daayitwa Abhiyan; Yankila Sherpa, Former Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Managing Director at Snow Leopard Trek and Lokmanya Golchha, Chairman of Golchha Organisation were among other guests present in the award ceremony. Guests including Dr Ruit handed over the '360 Impact Awards' to the heroes. READ ALSO:   
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