Our Audience Says
With recent studies showing that 6 million Malawians listen to Story Workshop radio programs each week, we have been pleased to watch our constituency develop substantially over recent years.
More importantly, our measurement and evaluation activities indicate that our programs are resulting in behavior modification – changing lives as people model their behavior and actions on the lessons imparted by popular story characters.
But don’t take our word for it. Read what our audience has to say:
"The issue that has inspired me very much in [the Story Workshop program] Zimachitika is HIV testing. In the past I had nothing to do with blood testing but because I have learnt the advantages of going for it, I am ready to do it. I have learnt that when one is tested and knows his status, he shall know how one can take care of his own life... " Armitage Chingóma, Kasungu
"Through Zimachitika, I now know the status of my blood because I learnt the benefit of going for HIV testing. In the past I was blind but after listening to this program I [decided] to go for a test. When I went there, they found that I am not only HIV negative but also that I am a universal blood donor. I am a happy person and am able to build my future now." Gift Kanyika, 18, Chitipa
"I was married to a teacher but I was not happy with his behavior. He used to go out with schoolgirls and other women in the village. I was fed up with this but I did not move out because I had no other source of income. ...But when I heard Zione [in Zimachitika] talking about how other women are facing the same problems, I packed my items and went home. I realized that life is only for living once, whereas money will always be there." Esmey Matoga, Mulanje
On Human Rights and Democracy [Back to Top]
"I like Tilitonse so much that I make sure that I don’t miss it. I like it because I learn how to live with people both at the village, town and anywhere else. At last I know where to go whenever my rights are violated." Emmanuel Mark Jailosi, Chiwawa
"I have been listening to this programme since it started. I have learned about human rights, corruption in workplaces, justice for prisoners rape cases . I must be frank, you have opened our eyes." Cicilia Tebulo, Chiradzulu
"I keenly listen to Tilitonse…I make sure that I don’t miss it both on Friday and Sunday. I have learned much of human rights issues. I now know that it’s only the police who have authority t prosecute a convict or to give him a bell in accordance with what he is charged for. In short, Tilitonse is helping the government. Corrupt and lazy chiefs are now aware that there is nothing good for them if they continue with their bad behavior. Hence, lots of chiefs are changing for the better and I hope that other people with authority both in rural and urban sectors are changing for the better." Mc Junior Hanjahanja, Chikwawa
On Food Security [Back to Top]
"In the play [ZImachitika] they say that it is not good to rely on fertilizer. Rather we can make some compost manure in our homes and then the manure works really good in our farms. Sometimes we panic ourselves fighting tooth and nail to get some money but we don’t and we fail to buy the fertilizer and yet we have simple manure that works like fertilizer. So with everything that is said in the play, I love Zimachitika." Kamwe Chibisa, Mzimba
On Gender Issues [Back to Top]
"A lot of men and women have changed in their marriages after listening to the play (Zimachitika) and realizing that they were doing bad things. For example, last time I heard a woman advising her husband that he should take care of himself when he goes drinking so that they should lead a healthy life and I just admired the way the woman was talking. The play is giving us advise and good things." Chinyonga Kapeni, Blantyre Rural