The SODIS Foundation with funding from MBC of the project "Sustainable Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" has delivered toilets and filters in the community Pucaruma in the Municipality of Sacabamba in the state of Cochabamba on Monday 30 January 2012. The event was attended by municipal authorities of health and education, the monitoring committee, social organizations, representatives of the international cooperation and personnel of SODIS.
The project aims to improve the quality of life by changing the daily habits those in poor rural communities, through the implementation of composting toilets, education on proper water management and hygiene practices. Within these areas of work, there has been the construction of 22 "composting toilets" within homes (one per family). "Candle filters" have also been provided to families with children less than 3 years for the prevention of gastrointestinal diseases.
The Honorable Mayor of Sacabamba Siles Iriarte Martin praised the importance of the project on improving living conditions, health and hygiene of the 10 communities covered by the project that was developed by the Fundación SODIS. He also noted that only part of the 34 Sacabamba communities served by this funding and he hopes that in the future more communities will benefit. The director of Pucaruma, Mr Marcelino Andia Pucaruma acknowledged the presence in this project of the cooperating institutions; SODIS, municipal authorities and other institutions. They are all assisting in the realization of this project has a duration of 18 months (August 2011 - December 2012). For her part, the representative of CBM, Claudia Koenig, highlighted the presence of institutions, the number of people in the community and, most of all, and the work that is being developed in an area that has many needs. She is very happy with the contribution CBM has made which is benefiting families in rural areas of Bolivia. She also emphasized that it is very important to understand the conditions under which these projects are developed and look not only at the reports that are presented that whilst being important, have other purposes.
The Director of SODIS Ms. Elsa Sanchez thanked the municipal authorities and acknowledged the visit of Claudia Koenig on behalf of MBC, indicating that for the institutions that develop these projects it is important that their donors see the results at the site of intervention.