Follow our journey as we implement our new microflush toilet technology and pilot community healthcare worker program in the summer of 2016! Each day we will post a blog entry describing our challenges, acheivements and general thoughts on our project. Featured members of our team include: Director Claudia Ortuño, Public Health Chair Akshay Swaminathan, Engineering Chair Harsh Sinha & Pomona College Coordinator Lathan Liou. 

Blog Summer 2016

June 10, 2016

Well here it is, the last blog post of the summer. I can’t believe the month went by so fast. Honestly I’m chilling in the La Paz airport right now and have a good amount of time to kill so I’m gonna divide this post up into 2 sections. One actually doing what the poin...







Hilarious how I thought Akshay leaving would give me more time. Today I had meetings/activities from 10am until essentially 11pm. The day began at 7:30am with my last run in this country (because tomorrow is spinning). It was fun times and who knows maybe I will...



Woke up, gym, meeting

with Procasha. Really rude individuals… they requested the meeting and I showed up 10 minutes late because the taxi driver got lost twice and they were like “oh the meeting was at 11am not 11:10am.” I hate it when people talk to me like I’m a chi...

June 7, 2016

Day 21: June 6th, 2016 - End of CHW Pilot


Woke up, went on a run, went to Maria Eugenia’s house to start the last of the CHW workshops. Today we covered first aid and since it was the first time I ran the workshop by myself I got to see how fun it was to actually talk...

June 6, 2016

Today I woke up and decided to not go on a run, which was weird and a bad call because I felt antsy for the rest of the day. But it was because I wanted to go to church which I did. Then I studied for 5 hours! Riveting times. Then I went on a walk for no reason, bought...

June 6, 2016

Well Akshay left yesterday and Rodrigo is busy this week because he has to organize some sort of national justice conference, so that’s pretty depressing for me. Today was a pretty chill day. I woke up at 10am went to the gym, got back home and did some MCAT studying....

June 6, 2016




Today was my last workshop with the women. We continued our discussion on sexual health from Monday, learning more about physiology and different methods of contraception. Before starting the lesson, however, I introduced the women to Angelica, who is a teacher at t...

June 5, 2016

Wow I can’t believe it’s already June, time really flies in Bolivia. Today I woke up after having slept 11 hours the night before and I definitely felt a lot better. We had a surprise TV interview that was supposed to be at 9:30am – surprise because neither Akshay nor...

June 2, 2016

Another unreal day in Bolivia. Literally amazed at how much RB has grown in these past couple of weeks. It seems like executive board trips definitely need to be a thing in the summer. Just as a recap we have: constructed our first microflush toilet, trained community...

June 1, 2016

So today was an interesting day because even though it felt like we were just sitting in the car and on the ground eternally we actually got a lot of stuff done. It started off at the obscenely early for a Sunday time of 8am. Maria Eugenia picked us up in her jeep-clow...

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