Vivra Verra

Democratic Republic of the Congo

PMC produced Vivra Verra (“Time Will Tell”) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This 156-episode radio serial drama aired from September 2014 through March 2016 in French, a national language.

Vivra Verra aired nationwide on Radio Okapi, twice per week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Vivra Verra was one of three unique radio serial dramas developed for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Elembo (“Footprint”) was broadcast in two provinces in Lingala and Pambazuko (“The Dawn”) was broadcast in eastern Congo in Swahili.

As with all PMC radio serial dramas, Vivra Verra was created using PMC’s serial drama methodology.

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Local Media Coverage of Vivra Verra

“Children are being killed by diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. We can help improve understanding by opening conversations about child health, reproductive and maternal health, children's education, and gender equality. The DRC is one of the least developed countries in the world, and we hope to make life better for as many people in the DRC as we can.”

Bill Ryerson, PMC President

Making a Difference

It is estimated that 1,198,026 Congolese heard of Vivra Verra and 358,564 Congolese regularly listened to Vivra Verra, costing $4.06 per regular listener to Vivra Verra (more than once per week for 1.5 years).

Adolescent Reproductive Health
• Listeners were 3 times more likely than non-listeners to agree that adolescents should wait till marriage before having sexual intercourse
• Listeners were 2.9 times more likely than non-listeners to say “yes” when asked “if you want to are you able to purchase a female condom?”
• Listeners were 2.3 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “do you know of a place to obtain a female condom?”

Family Planning
• Listeners were 3.5 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “Do you think a couple has the right to determine the number of children to have?”
• Listeners were 2.3 times more likely than non-listeners to say they used family planning for limiting the number of children as opposed to just spacing pregnancies
• Listeners were 2.3 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “Do you think it is possible to have exactly the number of children one desires”
• Listeners were 2.2 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “Have you visited a health institution in the past 12 months to obtain information about the secondary effects of modern family planning methods?”

Maternal & Infant Health
• Listeners were 2.8 times more likely than non-listeners to state that at least one pregnant women slept under a mosquito net the night before

Gender Equality
• Listeners were 2 times more likely than non-listeners to say “both” when asked “Who should be responsible for making financial decisions for the family, the husband, wife, or both?”

3.5X

Listeners were 3.5 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “Do you think a couple has the right to determine the number of children to have?”

(Nationwide Endline Survey)

2X

Listeners were 2 times more likely than non-listeners to say “both” when asked “Who should be responsible for making financial decisions for the family, the husband, wife, or both?”

(Nationwide Endline Survey)

2.9X

Listeners were 2.9 times more likely than non-listeners to say “yes” when asked “if you want to are you able to purchase a female condom?”

(Nationwide Endline Survey)

Project Information

Title: Vivra Verra (“Time Will Tell”)
Format: Radio Serial Drama
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Language: French
Duration: September 2014 – March 2016

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Administrative Team:
Country Representative: Kifukiau Mabanzila Gabin
Technical Director: Ntonda Kileuka Philippe
Finance Assistant: Koli Koyazema Lucien
Administrative Assistant: Kisiasia Mvuama Carel
Cashier: Tshamala Mbueta Sarah
Promotion and Communication Assistant: Dinkala Rosine
Driver: Mfutila Charles
Office Agent: Nzazi Iliwa Koloni
Gardener: Max Tamfumu

Creative Team:
Producer: Mitendo Mwadi Yinda Valentin
Studio Technicians: Kabuika Tshibasu John, Mayamba Patrick, Mbuya Ntembo Grace, and Luzitu Uyonduka Déogratias
Scriptwriters: Masamba Lusilawo Luc, Mutombo Mwamba Chirac, Lukoji Lufulabo Jules, Tembo Amisi Santa

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Storylines


Kunka's story

Old Goliath is an arrogant and pretentious mechanic living in Egogo City. He claims to know everything – but no one denies his ability to repair vehicles. A chronic alcoholic with a violent character, he is married to an unusual woman named Vindi. The two form a hellish couple, constantly pouring their wrath on their only son, Kunka. Enduring a living hell, Kunka stops going to school and suffers mentally. But thanks to his aunt Kitoko, a lawyer who lives in old Goliath’s household, the child emerges from the quagmire. He resumes his education and finds the will to live.

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Faro's story

A young trader named Faro runs a shop in the village of Kizambet and has a wife named Ngala. Me Banutshe is a close friend of the family. Mama Petoto, Faro’s mother, lives next door to her son and daughter-in-law. She is a traditionalist, believeing that modern prenatal care is a useless waste of money. Faro agrees with his mother. Ngala becomes pregnant and develops complications entering her third trimester. Barred from seeking modern medical care, Ngala dies during childbirth. Left to care for the baby alone, Faro becomes an advocate for maternal and child health. Although his mother is horrified, his friend Me Banutshe supports him and becomes an uncle figure to Faro’s young child.

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Sinke's story

Sinke is a naïve girl of 14 who lives with her parents in Egogo City. As education is a priority for her family, they encourage her to study and find her a tutor, Mandenge. One day, a taxi driver, Mbata, tries to seduce Sinke. She initially rejects him, but eventually she succumbs to his sycophantic charms. He tells Sinke that he has misplaced his cell phone and asks her to beep his number so he can find it. With her number acquired, he begins to stalk her. Sinke’s tutor fights to keep her in school, but he is battling against Mbata’s golden promises. Sinke’s grades and behavior deteriorates and she is eventually expelled. Her family sends her to live with her aunt in another town, but Mbata follows her there. Sinke gets pregnant, but the baby dies from complications caused by her young age. Fortunately, her family continues to support her, and Sinke escapes, resolving to fight for child protection and against early sex.

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Koni's story

Koni is a shopkeeper married to an irresponsible alcoholic and civil servant named Mato. They live in a rented house in Kizambeti. Mato wants to have many children, but his family does not have the means. To realize his dream, Mato extorts money from his friends and his work. Instead of using the money to support his family, Mato buys alcohol. At home, he pushes his wife to have more children. His debts begin to catch up with him, and he plays dead to escape the harassment of one of his brokers. One day, he is surprised by an unscheduled visit by his broker in the middle of an inspection at work by a supervisor – he has been caught in his own trap! Mato’s brokers come in earnest to reclaim their loans, and in the meantime, his last-born dies for lack of proper medical care. With a job in danger and a family in distress, he does not know where to turn. His wife Koni takes charge of the situation, implementing family planning and convincing Mato to take responsibility for his debts, his job, and his family.

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