Community gets water after lobbying
Emthonjeni Women’s Forum through the Women Promoting Constitutionalism Through Advocacy initiative concientised the women of Sea field Valley on their constitutional rights, linking them with social services delivery so that they can demand accountability. The training also equipped the women with advocacy skills that would enable them to hold relevant solution holders to account. At the training the women identified issue of unavailability of water as a social service delivery issue that needed to be addressed immediately, as they realized and pointed out that the current situation was a violation of their right to safe water. The Action Group members in their meetings they held in preparation of the social accountability forum came up with a power map that identified the District WASH as the solution provider to their problem. The District WASH Officer was invited for the social accountability forum where she was given an overview of the water situation in the ward. At the meeting she committed to ensuring that the 5 boreholes that have been long scheduled to be drilled in ward 13 will be drilled at starting from the beginning of 2016. As promised by the District WASH Officer on 16 January 2016 a team of Bravo borehole drillers contracted by the District started drilling the borehole in Sea field Village Village 3. The borehole has since been installed and community members in village 3 now access safe and portable water
Speaking during the International Women’s day commemorations, the village head Mr. Tshakalisa spoke of how the community is grateful to the women who took up the advocacy initiative. “we are forever grateful to the women who took part in the community advocacy to bring water to Seafield, we will continue to support them as they do their work in the community”
The Action group members now await for the installation of the other 4 remaining boreholes, they have committed to making constant follow ups on the District Wash until they have fully realized the results of their advocacy initiatives.