Advocacy Program for Access and Rights over Local Resources Details
People of Ghumsa, Dandagaun and Dhanepu of Okhaldhuga were denied of access to drinking water even though pipes of the system went right through their yards and fields. They had to walk one hour to fetch water. They decided to start a campaign to demand water for themselves, as the result of which they were able to get a drinking water system with technical and financial support from WATCH, District Development Committee, Village Development Committees, and Drinking Water Office. With one reservoir and 19 taps they distributed water. WATCH raised awareness about their rights, helped them to form user groups and provided necessary financial support.
Similarly, people from Dhanepu and Dandagaun in Okhaldhunga were living for years in a fear of their homes being washed away by landslides. WATCH helped them raised their issues at village, district and national level. They were resettled in a new area with technical and financial support from WATCH, District Development Committee, Village Development Committees and financial support from the British Embassy.
Women from Bhairab Tole in Rupandehi came out on the street when they were denied of drinking water promised by the Village Development Committee. They went out in procession banging water pots and pans, and encircled the VDC office. They were successful in getting four tube-wells, including one from WATCH. WATCH raised awareness of women’s groups about their rights and helped them to self-organise.
WATCH emancipated 33 families in Rupandehi, who were exploited by the landlord as bonded labour for years. WATCH made an arrangement with the local Village Development Committee to resettle them so that they can live free. For this, WATCH raised their consciousness, organised them and provided necessary inputs including wages.