RFE/RL video spurs change, wins awards

A collaboration between RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service and Current Time digital about a disabled boy who received a donated 4-wheel ATV in response to an RFE/RL report about his difficulties, was awarded a Webby Award, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Watch This Disabled Boy’s World Change In Two Minutes” tells the story of a disabled teenager who relies on his friends to push him in his wheelchair everyday along the rugged path to school, and his elation when a local NGO surprises him with a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle he can operate himself to make the journey. Produced by Bishkek-based correspondent Ulanbek Egizbaev and repackaged by RFE/RL’s Current Time digital team for social media, it was viewed more than a million times globally in Russian, English, and the original Kyrgyz.