Bashiran lives in Union Council Four, Dadu City. In Dadu, most people have no official water supply and have to buy water, which is untreated, from street vendors. Bashiran witnessed hundreds of families arriving in her neighbourhood after the 2010 floods devastated people's homes and livelihoods. The increased population put pressure on the existing infrastructure in the city. Drainage systems overflowed, flooding the streets with raw sewage.
In 2014, Oxfam supported 20 local women to form a citizen's group and Bashiran was elected President. The group received training to identify and prioritise issues in their area, as well as how to influence others. As a result of the group's actions and persistence, the community now has access to a regular supply of water and the streets are being cleaned.
The community is very happy. We know our rights and responsibilities. We thank Oxfam for helping us.
This project will help many more communities like Bashiran's. By joining people together, and connecting them to their government representatives, local authorities will have to take action, providing basic services like water and sanitation across the city.