Aprendiendo a Vivir: Dulce Brisas (Learning to Live: Sweet Breezes)
Jessica lives with her not very understanding parents who try to control her every move. In response, she has a few “friends with benefits,” one of them being Otto, who always ensure they practice safe sex.
Natasha lives with her grandfather, Apolonio, her mother, Rosa, and her brother, Kevin. No one in her house communicates, a situation made worse by the fact that Natasha’s mother has lived under the authoritarian control of her father, Apolonio, who is a chauvinistic, sour man. Under his grandfather’s influence, Kevin is turning into an equally prejudiced man who torments his sister and mistreats his mother.
Vanessa lives with her mother, Carlota, a widow of 5 years, who runs the family tavern, The Pearl. Because of her work commitments, Carlota doesn’t have much time for her daughter – even when important questions arise. Inside the store, Vanessa meets German, 35, who has 2 daughters Vanessa’s age. But that doesn’t stop German from stalking and harassing the young Vanessa.
During the Reina de Dulce Brisa elections, the tense situations come to a head and choices are made that bring major consequences for everyone.
Dulce Brisas is a radio drama designed to promote awareness in young people about the ways to prevent pregnancies and STIs.
According to The Planned Parenthood Federation, one out of 10 adolescent females becomes pregnant each year because of a lack of education or contraceptives. Almost half of Ecuadorian girls do not finish high school. Two out of three adolescent females between 15 and 19 years old are mothers or are pregnant for the first time. Situations such as these create an environment that breeds social problems for youths. Anti-social conduct, drug use, teen pregnancy and prostitution, gangs, and violence are growing problems in Ecuador’s urban areas.
Targeted 158,000 people in Babahoyo, Ecuador and 1.3 million people in a national rebroadcast.
In Manabí, Ecuador, 74.8% of the population lives in poverty, 47.4% in extreme poverty. Adolescent pregnancy rates increased, from 9.8% in 1998 to 18% in 2006. For every five births, one is born to an adolescent mother. 20% of adolescent women have had at least one pregnancy.
Toque Mágico was featured as the principal segment of the 60-minute live show De Pies a Cabeza (From Head to toe). Media Impact produced Toque Magico in partnership with Colectivo Pro Derechos Humanos’s (PRODH), a community-based organization, to educate youth about sexual and reproductive health.