(Xhosa with English subtitles)

Without easy access to clean water, Melikhaya worries that his mother will not be able to recover from her illness. He also worries that his siblings may get sick from the food he prepares with contaminated water. Melikhaya’s story is a plea to government to provide clean, running water to all people living in South Africa.

Key points to consider in viewing melikhaya’s story

In 2008, five million South Africans did not have access to clean water, and fifteen million people lacked basic sanitation. With men either working far from home or choosing not to share in the burden of housework, fetching and carrying water is often allocated to children. In watching this story, reflect on the burdens this places on young people. Think also about how people in Melikhaya’s community can work with local government officials to demand access to clean water.

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Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.

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Click here to download a facilitator’s guide, discussion guides and other Digital Stories resources to assist in the use of these tools in your community.