Talking Soil with Peter Morgan

Talking Soil with Peter Morgan

In May 2012 my husband Anthony and I had the very special opportunity to spend several days with a dear friend of mine, and SOIL’s deepest inspiration.  Peter Morgan is a British Marine Biologist who has lived in Zimbabwe for over 40 years.  Although trained as a biologist Peter has dedicated his life to addressing basic human rights such as water and sanitation.  Though quite a humble man, Peter has been an inspiration not only to SOIL but to water and sanitation engineers around the world through his development of simple innovative...

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Bobo’s amazing homecoming!

Bobo’s amazing homecoming!

At long last Bobo arrived home in Haiti today and was received by the entire SOIL team at the airport, complete with loud instruments and dozens of Haitian flags. He looked as fresh as a spring day, don’t know how he did it after such a long flight, maybe it was just the relief of finally being home that somehow miraculously pressed his shirt. We are eternally grateful to everyone who stepped in to help SOIL and Bobo during this difficult time.  Everyone can break out the champagne now and start enjoying the weekend. Bobo is back on Haitian...

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Wrapping up the Toilet Tour in Nairobi, Kenya

Wrapping up the Toilet Tour in Nairobi, Kenya

Co-written by Anthony Kilbride and Sasha Kramer For the complete photo set check out SOIL’s Flickr page Last stop on the toilet tour Nairobi, Kenya Our last stop on the toilet tour was Nairobi Kenya where we would spend 4 days visiting some well known urban sanitation projects that we have been fascinated with for some time.  SOIL’s primary work in Haiti focuses on sanitation solutions for densely populated impoverished neighborhoods, one of the most challenging situations facing humanity today.  Each year millions of people flood...

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Bobo Got a US Transit Visa!!!!

Bobo Got a US Transit Visa!!!!

Great news!  Bobo has in hand his US transit visa good for transiting through the US for the next 5 years (if he ever wants to travel again after this experience)!  This means that Bobo will be able to make his fourth attempt to return home to Haiti tomorrow afternoon.  His flight will once again take him through Nigeria, followed by Ghana and then through JFK on Friday morning and back to Haiti by Friday at 1 pm EST. The whole SOIL team will be at the airport with bells and whistles and the fully decorated poopmobile! We will be sure to...

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Bobo back in Cotonou… again

Bobo back in Cotonou… again

Dear Friends and Supporters, I wanted to write to share an update with those of you who have been following Bobo’s situation as he tries to get back to Haiti from Benin. As some of you may have seen from our Facebook page, Bobo made it to Nigeria only to be returned once again to Cotonou as he did not have the appropriate transit visa for the US. We were informed by the travel agency that he would not need a transit visa as his stay in JFK was only two hours but learned that we were mistaken and he does indeed need to obtain a transit visa,...

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Warm Welcome in Mukuru

Warm Welcome in Mukuru

Thanks to Kui Mungai (pictured at left) and SANERGY for their warm welcome in Mukuru, and their kind words after! In her article “Kindred Composting Spirits: A Visit from Haiti,” Kui was enthusiastic about meeting Sasha and Anthony and sharing ideas, strategies, and knowledge about composting human wastes. Below is an excerpt from the post: “In mid-May, SANERGY welcomed Sasha Kramer and Anthony Kilbride of SOIL to our field site in Mukuru. We thought we were crazy about human waste until we meet up with Sasha and Anthony –...

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On our way home?

On our way home?

This is the day.  Bobo and I are in the final stretch of preparing for his long awaited voyage home to Haiti.  Today at 3 pm Bobo will be on a plane to Nigeria and then on to Ghana from there to JFK and then back home to Haiti by noon tomorrow if all goes according to plan. It has been a wild week with allsorts of twists and turns in the plans.  In the end we were honored and amazed that National Geographic came to our rescue.  We should have known all along to reach out to them, given that they are such a reputable organization and that...

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Bobo is Out of the Hospital but Not Out of the Woods

Bobo is Out of the Hospital but Not Out of the Woods

To our dear friends and supporters, We are in awe of the outpouring of support that we have received from people around the world who have been holding Bobo in their hearts over the past week.  It is now midnight in Benin but I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on this ever evolving nightmare. First the good news, and it is very good…Bobo was released from the hospital today and is now resting at a lovely German guesthouse.  His platelet levels are still low and he will be taking medication for the next few weeks to ensre that the...

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SOIL Returns to Its Roots

SOIL Returns to Its Roots

SOIL Explores the World’s Largest EcoSan Project and Reunites with Heroes Co-written by Sasha Kramer and Anthony Kilbride See all the photos from South Africa on SOIL’s Flickr page. Sasha: SOIL Returns to It’s Roots Seven years ago, in a country more than 7000 miles from Haiti the seeds that would later become SOIL were carefully collected. I had first visited South Africa in 2005 before starting SOIL and it was that visit that inspired my passion for ecological sanitation.  During that first visit I attended an ecological...

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Bobo Has Malaria

Bobo Has Malaria

Bobo is back in Cotonou, Benin. His story is long and thus far not happy: After two attempts at leaving Benin to make the long journey back to Haiti, Bobo finally reached Madrid on Friday, only to be denied his onward journey to Havana. We are still trying to confirm details of why his trans-atlantic flight was denied, but it seems to be the fault of the airline, Air Europa, who claimed he did not have a ticket, even though we have all the valid documentation to prove the contrary. Without passage to Havana, Bobo was sent back to Cotonou by...

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Help Bobo Get Home

Help Bobo Get Home

Today is Haitian Flag day and as Haitian’s everywhere celebrate their proud history, SOIL’s sanitation director, Baudeler Magloire (“Bobo”), is stuck in an airport in Morocco. PLEASE HELP HIM GET HOME TO HAITI – DONATE USING THE FORM ON THE RIGHT Many of you who have been following SOIL’s recent blog posts about Africa know that, thanks to a grant from National Geographic, SOIL has spent the past 3 weeks working in collaboration with several women’s group in northern Benin.  The most amazing part of...

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May 2012 Newsletter: South Africa, Haiti, Sanitation and Friends

May 2012 Newsletter: South Africa, Haiti, Sanitation and Friends

Dear friends of SOIL, I am writing to you from South Africa where I have been exchanging ideas with Durban’s municipal authority who are currently operating the world’s largest ecological sanitation project. I have learned so much from this exchange and am so grateful to all of the organizations, individuals and government representatives who have warmly received us. I have also been deeply inspired by the realization that, though there are many laudable projects happening throughout the world, SOIL’s work remains at the...

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SOIL Visit to EAA, Ouagadougou

SOIL Visit to EAA, Ouagadougou

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa. After a successful morning with the women of Dunkassa, Sasha, Bobo and I, accompanied by our ADESCA colleagues Zachary and Guninen, embarked on a road trip to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The purpose of our trip was to visit the African water and sanitation organization EAA / WSA (Eau et Assainisement pour Africa / Water and Sanitation for Africa), formerly known as CREPA. Sasha had first heard of the work of CREPA in 2005 whilst at an EcoSan...

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Back Into the Toilet

Back Into the Toilet

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa. Our wonderful adventures in the depths of abandoned pit latrines continued this week with yet another descent into the old school latrine in Kalale Benin. Our small SOIL team of myself, Baudeler (Bobo) Magloire and Anthony Kilbride, came to Benin one week ago to collaborate with a local organization ADESCA by sharing our ecological sanitation experience in Haiti in an effort to help make women’s community gardens in several rural communities more profitable. ...

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A truly magical experience from the Magic Toilet!

A truly magical experience from the Magic Toilet!

And now to put ecosan to the test… (This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa.) After our successful trial of exhuming beautiful compost from the Kalale school latrine on Wednesday, we had today the real test of our trip to Benin: to convince the women of the Bessassi garden community that they might want to create their own magic toilet, and use its compost (produced from their poop) in their own garden: No mean feat! The omens for a successful and convincing sensibilisation session were not all good...

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Yon pelerinaj Asenisman mennen  yon nouvèl dekouvèt nan listwa / Travel brings new discoveries in history

Yon pelerinaj Asenisman mennen  yon nouvèl dekouvèt nan listwa / Travel brings new discoveries in history

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa. English version below Mwen te vwayaje pandan twa jou tout lannwit poum te rive nan peyi benin dafrik e mwen te pase plizyè peyi tankou panama, kiba, lespay, mawòk, togo jis mwen te rive nan bout tè peyi benin dafrik. Objektif pwensipal vizit sa nan benin dafrik se te pou yon pataj eksperyans nan domenn sanitasyon ekolojik ak yon oganizasyon beninwaz ki rele ADESCA ki chita nan komin kalale nan benen e rive travay ak oganizasyon fanm nan 2 vilaj anndan kalale...

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SOIL in Africa Part 2: Into the Toilet

SOIL in Africa Part 2: Into the Toilet

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa. Today we had one of the highlights of our professional careers, or at least it was one of my finest hours.  In an attempt to demonstrate the possibility of converting human waste into compost the SOIL team, together with our hosts ADESCA, paid a visit to the local primary school.  But this was not your usual school visit.  We were looking for proof that human wastes can be transformed into soil, and what better place to find that proof than deep in the ground...

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SOIL in Africa!

SOIL in Africa!

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL’s adventures in Africa. For the next 3 weeks a SOIL team will be working in Benin, learning more about the culture here and constructing the first of 3 ecological toilets in a rural area in the northern region of Kalale in collaboration with a local organization ADESCA and their international partner SELF. This trip is thanks to the Blackstone Ranch Institute which offers a challenge grant for the most innovative new projects proposed by two or more National Geographic Emerging...

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