Pablo Terceros Vargas is sparking a sanitation revolution in his rural community in Bolivia.
Pablo has lived in the district of Tiraque, Bolivia for his entire life. For the first 32 years of his life, he didn’t have a bathroom.
According to Water For People’s monitoring, almost half of the district’s 33,470 residents do not have sanitation facilities at home– including most families in his town of K’aspi Cancha.
“Even at night, in the wind, or in the rain, we used to have to go outside,” explains Pablo.
When K’aspi Cancha’s new water system was being constructed by the district government and Water For People, Pablo attended a workshop about the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
“In the workshops, they told about waterborne illnesses and contamination of water supplies,” says Pablo. “They told us, ‘If you are going to have water, you should construct your bathrooms and have showers, toilets, and sinks.”
Pablo left the workshops realizing he wanted to improve his family’s life. He wanted his sons to have what he never had as a child – a decent bathroom. Pablo immediately got to work.
“I am not a mason, but I constructed the bathroom myself,” says Pablo. “Now we can shower with hot water before bed and take care of our hygiene. Now, my house is complete, and it feels like we live in the city!”