My name is Clara Magobeya from Arda Transau and I am 40 years old. My family was relocated to Arda Transau topave way for diamond mining. Before we came here, we were made to believe that the mining companies and government would provide adequate services to the relocated communities. We also know that we have a right to social service delivery like education and healthcare. As a woman I feel there was little involvement of women during the planning for relocation and as a result the mining companies built fewer schools and hospitals than those which were needed to support the relocated communities.
Before the DTV project I would have dreamed of approaching any stakeholders and presenting anything to them. I did not have the confidence and I felt that I could not make any change on my own. Now I know that change begins with me. I mobilized community members and as a team we put together 40000 bricks to ensure good quality education for our children. I have come to understand that women must be involved in the processes and decision making forums on service delivery. Through the DTV project I now sit in the school development association at Transau Secondary School.
Last year, we did a training with ZELA on social accountability monitoring tools and we used a Community Score Card to rate Transau Secondary school. The score was dismally low and on analysis we realized that our children's right to education was being violated. After this training in which we were awakened to the need to engage service providers, I led a group of women to approach the school to find out what we could do to help improve service delivery at the school. The headmaster of the school informed us that the main problem was a shortage of housing for the schools. We approached our district council offices to find out if they had allocated any resources to extend the schools and if they had been receiving any remittances from diamond mining companies which they could use for this. They told us the diamond mining companies had stopped remittances because they were waiting for the process of consolidation of diamond mining companies to be finalized by the government. We approached the district administrator and proposed that we mold the bricks and get more support for the roof and fittings who informed us that financial support is readily available to buy other material needed. As a trust we helped with food for the community who were engaging in brick molding and transportation and we also reached a consensus with ZINWA for us to use more water on the activity. 40 000 bricks were made available and as we present such innovation to the DA and PA they really promised support and encouraged such initiatives unlike being dependent.