PWW Team Member: Ostilio Ramirez

PWW Team Member Highlight: March 2019

Starting this month, each month we will feature a member of PWW’s staff. This gives you the opportunity to get to know our team a little better and gain an understanding about what makes  them such a special part of PWW’s safe water programs. 

PWW Team Member:  Ostilio Ramirez, PWW Honduras Team

PWW Office:  Trojes, Honduras

Position within PWW: Health Promoter and WET (Water Expertise Training) Center Trainer

*The WET Center in Honduras hosts PWW’s WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training and consulting programs. 

Years with PWW: 9

How did you first learn about PWW?

A cousin of mine worked at the Municipal Hall in Trojes and found out that PWW was looking for help. She felt I was qualified and told me I should apply.

What inspires you the most about the work you do?

I love my work. My favorite part is interacting with the families and teaching.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Wake up very early. Prepare to go out in the field. Present projects to families and communities. Facilitate WASH training workshops to support behavioral changes in people, teaching them and encouraging them to better understand healthy WASH practices.

What has been your favorite project…or your proudest moment?

I really don’t have a favorite. They all are wonderful. But I enjoy conducting trainings for the WET Center. I consider it my passion.

*After the PWW team receives a new training, Ostilio likes to investigate further and read more about the subject to fully understand.

I also enjoy the field visits. When I hear a family comment on how well another family (who they never expected would change their habits) is actually doing it, that makes me proud. It’s a reason to work hard and with love.

What has been your greatest challenge?

Continuing to update myself through training, as sometimes I can get caught up with the routine work and forget to designate some time to learn more. I believe that there is always room to grow.

What is your favorite thing about working for PWW?

Interaction with the people who visit us, and when I visit with the families. For me, work is not only about the salary but for those moments when I see the end result and realize it is possible thanks to the dedication we put into our work.

Tell us a little bit about your family.

Ostilio has been married to his wife, Maria, for 26 years. They have a 24-year-old son, Abner. He is originally from Talanga Francisco Morazan, and his wife is from El Paraiso. Abner was born in Tegucigalpa.

What is your favorite activity to do when you are not working?

When I’m not at work, I enjoy welding at my home.
*He recently finished a door that he is going to donate to his temple.

What is your favorite food?

My wife cooks the best chicken soup with vegetables.

Anything else you want people to know about you?

My favorite color is blue.
And, I am very sincere.

We invite you to come visit Honduras and meet Ostilio in person. He is a very humble man and doesn’t like to talk much about himself. He has much to offer. We are grateful for the life-changing work he does and the commitment and passion he shares.

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