The Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, recently began the second phase of a three-year grant project titled “Prevention of Youth Violence and Drug Abuse through Mass Media”. The project aims to create awareness and mobilize public opinion in favor of family and community actions for the prevention of youth violence and drug abuse in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua and the Managua area.
The project includes a mass media campaign with the slogan “I Choose to Change, Now!”, and other components such as the creation of municipal and communal committees that will propose and promote a series of local actions to prevent youth violence and drug abuse for a range of stakeholders in the communities. The first outreach material produced during this phase is a dramatized radio series of 12 episodes on key themes of prevention of youth violence and drug abuse.
The radio series is being recorded and produced in Miskitu, Creole and Ulwa by 40 local people from Pearl Lagoon and Desembocadura del Rio Grande of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region, RACS. The actors, who are also members of the municipal committees, were trained in April, 2015 on writing, reading of the scripts, radio performance and acting. Their newly acquired skills allowed them to successfully record these 12 new powerful stories that will be broadcast in June, 2015 on different local radio stations and programs.
Overall, this project will reach 500,000 people living in rural and urban areas of the North and South Caribbean Autonomous Regions of Nicaragua and the Managua area, via media outreach, community actions through the communal and municipal committees, school debates, and capacity building for local stakeholders for prevention of youth violence.