Comanche Eco-sanitation Project Rotary Club Sopocachi - Engineers Without Borders Bolivia


Over 6 billion people lack of improved sanitation facilities and 663 million live in absence of a safe water source. UNICEF estimates that 800 children younger than 5 years of age die every day due to the lack of improved water and sanitation services. In Bolivia 67% of the population living in rural areas do not have access to improved sanitation services. In August 2016 the Municipality of Comanche farmers’ association requested to Rotary Club Sopocachi and Engineers Without Borders Bolivia to visit the municipality of Comanche, this in order to listen their requisition of sanitation services

“We want to work hand by hand with you, we need Sanitation Services. We want to live with dignity as people in the cities”

(Community member - August 25th, 2016)


The main objective of the project is to provide eco-sanitation services to 5 communities part of the Municipality of Comanche. Furthermore, the project will incorporate components of:

  • Capacity development through workshops addressed to teachers of educational units, authorities of the municipality, technical staff of the municipality and the farmers’ association.
  • The construction of 175 eco-latrine facilities which incorporate a solar shower device, this in order to include the element of hygiene
  • The formation of community based committees trained to confront technical problems and to stablish a governance model for the sanitation services in each community
Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. Yet only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines — meaning that two and a half billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation - See more at:


This project will be implemented in two phases in order to reach the final objective. The first phase of the project will provide sanitation services to 75 families this through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant 1745942. The selection of the benefited families will be responsibility of the leaders in each community. The distribution in each community is based on the population.

The second Phase of the project will incorporate the construction of an additional 100 latrines. This In order to reach 100% of coverage in these 5 communities. The funding for the implementation of second phase is not yet secured and we are looking for donors and agencies interested in these project

Plan of work

"Ending open defecation will lead to a 35 per cent reduction in diarrhoea, which now results in over three quarters of a million deaths of children under five annually" - See more at:

Funding Requiared

The funding of the project has been split between phase 1 and phase 2 of the project as tabled below. The funding for first phase has been committed by Rotary International. It is also expected that the funding of the second phase will come from Rotary sources. A dedicated fundraising effort for this will be embarked upon simultaneously with the execution of phase 1 of the project

First Phase (Committed)

Second Phase (exploring for funding in parallel with Phase 1 execution)


Project Initiators

The Eco-sanitation project was initiated by three Rotary-sponsored UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education alumni, who all graduated in April 2016:

  • Afnan Agramont, MSc in Water Resources Management, sponsored by RC Amboro, D4690 Bolivia
  • Scott Taggart, MSc in Sanitary Engineering, sponsored by RC Oakville-West, D7080 Canada
  • Mariel Ugalde, MSc in Water Services Management, sponsored by RC La Paz Sur, D4690 Bolivia

These scholarships form an essential element of the strategic partnership between Rotary and UNESCO-IHE, with the objective to provide young water-professionals with relevant knowledge and expertise that can be subsequently used in Rotary WASH projects like these.

Rotary International Foundation:The Project incorporate the participation of the Rotary Districts D6920 from Georgia USA, D1590 & D1600 from the Netherlands, D1850 from Germany and D4690 from Bolivia. The committed funding for phase 1 is a combination from contributions from Rotary Clubs and Districts, supplemented with funds from the World Fund from The Rotary Foundation (TRF), as tabled below:

Engineers Without Border Bolivia: Organization specialized in water and sanitation project management and engineering. This organization will manage the project, furthermore will structure and facilitate the workshops and capacity development components, the technical assistance and supervision during the construction.

The communities of Comanche: The communities of Botijlaca (45 Families), Capalailo (25 families), Huacallaya (45 families), Huanacollo (26 families), and Palcoma Centro (34 families); will provide the labor and local materials as sand, rocks and plastic bottles.

CEDESBOL: community based organization specialized in agriculture. This organization will provide technical assistance during the capacity development workshops and training.

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Afnan Agramont

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