Today in South Africa we commemorate Human Rights Day to remember the struggles and sacrifices made to attain our democracy. The South African Constitution is recognised as one of the most progressive in the world, and is the ultimate protector of Human Rights for our people. We honour this day to reinforce our commitment to our Constitution, to strive for a more inclusive and equitable South Africa future.

In this spirit, we recognise the law and advocacy work done by the Equality Collective in our communities. Established in 2018, the Equality Collective is an incubated project of the Bulungula Incubator that was born out of the necessity for rural-based advocacy. After the achievement of advocating for Ambulance services in the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area, we realised the need to increase capacity for community-centred law projects. Now a standalone organisation, the Equality Collective is a community-centered rural law and advocacy organisation committed to creating a more just and caring society.

Collecting water from community tap in Nqileni.

Since 2010, the Mncwasa Water Scheme provides water to approximately 6,000 households across 40 villages in our area. While this is an access to water services success story for post- democratic South Africa, maintaining and ensuring consistent and reliable access to clean water is becoming an increasing challenge. Although most of the villages have access to communal taps, there are areas that have not had access to water for months, many taps that are not operational and 100s of leaks all around the system. Furthermore, there are many homesteads that do not have a tap within 200 metres of their home as legally required.

In partnership with Viva con Agua and with active support of the Bulungula Incubator, the Equality Collective is conducting a comprehensive diagnosis of the challenges to further engage with Amathole District Municipality for consistent and reliable access to water in our communities.

The Equality Collective is a big idea in a remote place, honour Human Rights Days by helping us advance access to justice. You can contribute to our efforts by donating today. To learn more and stay updated with Equality Collective, visit their website, and follow them on Facebook!