Echoes of Change

Papua New Guinea

PMC produced Echoes of Change in Papua New Guinea. This 208-episode radio show aired February 2011 through May 2013 in English, one of three official languages of Papua New Guinea.

Echoes of Change aired twice weekly in Papua New Guinea on FM 100, the country’s most popular and far-reaching radio station. Echoes of Change was one of two PMC radio shows airing at this time as part of the Millennium Development Goals Radio Campaign, for which PMC was an implementing partner for the United Nations. Nau Em Taim (“Now Is the Time”) was the other radio show airing in Tok Pisin, another one of the three official languages in Papua New Guinea.

As with all PMC radio shows, Echoes of Change was created using PMC’s radio show methodology.

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Making a Difference

Echoes of Change aired simultaneously with Nau Em Taim (a radio show in Tok Pisin) in Papua New Guinea. The two shows have received attention from international press outlets, including The Economist, Airlines PNG, ABC Australia, NBC Radio in PNG, BBC Radio News, Radio New Zealand International, The Post Courier, and The National.

Clinic monitoring for the shows revealed that:

• Listeners were 1.4 times more likely to seek domestic violence-related services than non-listeners at endline.
• Listneres were 1.6 times more likely to seek services for violence against wives than non-listeners.
• Listeners were 1.9 times more likely to utilize family violence-related services than non-listeners.
• Listeners were 2.8 times more likely to seek family planning services than non-listeners at endline.

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Listeners to Echoes of Change were 1.6 times more likely to seek services for violence against wives than non-listeners.

(Clinic monitoring)

1.9X

Listeners to Echoes of Change were 1.9 times more likely to utilize family violence related services than non-listeners.

(Clinic monitoring)

2.8X

Listeners to Echoes of Change were 2.8 times more likely to seek family planning services than non-listeners.

(Clinic monitoring)

Project Information

Title: Echoes of Change
Format: Radio Show
Location: Papua New Guinea
Language: English
Duration: February 2011-May 2013

Administrative Team:
Country Representative: Betty Oala
Finance & Administration Officer: Amin Tony
Secretary: Corazon Dianne Allen
Promotions Coordinator: Stella Posanai
Driver and Administrative Assistant – Rarua Vara
Administrative Assistant: Marie Goro
Production Driver: Peter Vani
Cleaner: Rowena Morea

Creative Team:
Creative Co-Producer: Nadya Parascos
Technical Co-Producer: Ben Takap
Assistant Technical Editor: Moris Dennis Same
Assistant Producer – Steven Doe
Writers: Moses Miapa, Mercedes Dick, Tobby Jinga, Emmanuel Amala, Roslyn Kera, Elizabeth Kila, Winniefred Kote, Sara Mumugau, Eddie Solien, Clarinda Ogai, Lillian Bago, Norahlynn Charles, and Maximillian Wabi.

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Storylines


Nini's story

Nini is a strong-willed and passionate woman who is a mother of five children. She is physically weak from malnutrition and for having to care for her children, who are also undernourished. Nini finds out that she is pregnant with a sixth child. Unfortunately, Nini’s husband is verbally and physically abusive. He’s involved in illegal business and he spends most of the money at bars. Nini decides she must take matters into her own hands if things are to get better. She opens a business with the help of a micro-loan. She faces pressure from her husband, her brother, and even the police, but Nini is able to navigate some difficult and even life-threatening situations to become financially secure and independent.


Amah's story

Amah is a 35-year-old subsistence farmer with a sixth grade education living with his wife and their three children in a small mining village. Amah struggles in his family life, has lost the trust of his wife because of his infidelity, and he struggles financially to afford his daughter’s college education. Amah is also at odds with Gago – a cunning and abusive man – who seeks to bring a mining company into the area. Gago must get the consent of the local landowners first. The landowners are open to the idea if the community receives appropriate compensation, jobs are created, and the local environment is not destroyed. Gago continues to pressure Amah to join his side and argues that making lots of money is more important than the potential negative effects of the mine. With Amah’s help, the community comes together to work with the mining company to find positive solutions and work together toward a sustainable and healthy future.


Ben's story

Ben, an 18-year-old, has recently moved in with his aunt and uncle to attend school. Ben soon discovers that his uncle is frequently violent toward his aunt. He is also struggling financially because of the costs of his mother’s malaria, his school fees, and his responsibilities as the oldest son to compensate his younger sisters’ suitors. It’s under these pressures that he meets Daffen, a seductive waitress who introduces Ben to a world of drugs, alcohol, and unprotected sex. His grades begin to slip. At the same time, another girl named Kiri falls in love with Ben. Through the push and pull of good and bad decisions, Ben finds himself in the midst of a love triangle, peer pressure, violence, AIDS, and a world of drugs that will profoundly change him. Eventually, after dangerous situations, Ben realizes that his lifestyle could kill him. As he works to rebuild his relationship with Kiri, Ben’s life takes a turn for the better.


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