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 1, 2016






This morning, I woke up early for some reason, and I decided to work on the training manual. By 10 o'clock, Akshay (who had woken up an hour later) and I finally finished the first draft of our manual. It looks absolutely gorgeous. We put a copyright sign on it, a...

May 30, 2016

Today we visited the barrios to take a look at the finished bathroom and to eat some food that the women of Libertad prepared for us as thanks. The bathroom looked great, but it’s going to look even better once the shower is finished and all the tiles are put into plac...

May 29, 2016

Lathan and I (Akshay) finally finished surveying Libertad!! We learned a lot about the communities throughout our three days of interviewing, and are excited to apply our knowledge in our future community efforts.


We started the day having completed 29 surveys from the...

May 29, 2016


In the morning Lathan and I (Akshay) made this nice food!


We spent the day inputting survey data and working on the training manual for the nursing students. We also made a spreadsheet database to input data that Maria Eugenia gave us. Claudia took a day off after hav...

May 27, 2016

Bathrooms with Harsh and Claudia 

Today the day started off pretty late because we were under the delusion  that we didn’t have that much to do and would finish everything pretty early. As usual we were wrong. We got to the site and all we essentially had to do today w...

May 27, 2016

Community Health Worker Training with Akshay and Lathan

Before we started today’s content, we had a discussion about how to raise awareness in the communities that these newly trained health educators exist. We decided to combine each barrio’s monthly meeting with a he...

May 27, 2016

Bathrooms with Claudia & Harsh


We got home at 2am again last night but surprisingly felt great all day today. The day started off with a 10am meeting in the neighborhood with Maria Eugenia, Emiliana, Sandra, me, Harsh, Akshay & Lathan. The themes of discussion were: th...

May 27, 2016

Today started off bright and early at 9am (pretty harsh for Harsh since we got home at 2am last night) anyways it was still super nice of Rodrigo to once again pick us up for no real reason. He helped us find hay and honestly without him there was no way we would have...

May 27, 2016

Bathrooms With Claudia & Harsh


Our day started bright and early at 8am with Rodrigo picking us up to get the correctly sized rebar. We went to the biggest “ferreteria” or tool shop in town. However, they couldn’t cut it here so we had to go to another place and wait 30...

May 27, 2016

Community Health Worker Workshops and Building Water Filters: Featuring Lathan & Akshay

This morning, Akshay and I (Lathan) left a little bit earlier in order to go shopping for bowls to build our water filtration system. We went to IC Norte, which is huge supermarket,...

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