10 results for tag: Benin


Back to Benin

As all of our friends and supporters know, SOIL has been working to improve access to safe, dignified sanitation in Haiti since 2006. But you may not know that from time to time, SOIL also lends a hand with Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) projects around the globe. Recently, SOIL’s Port-au-Prince Regional Director, Baudeler "Bobo" Magloire, returned to the West African country of Benin to follow up on a project launched way back in 2012 in partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and their local partner, ADESCA. This project was funded through a National Geographic Blackstone Innovation Challenge grant. While many of you are old ...

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, even for such a short stay within the airport. Sadly, Bobo did have to spend yet another night in an ...

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 parasites are completely out of his system.  Bobo was diagnosed with falciporum malaria with a parasire ...

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 Royal Air Marok, via an exhausting and traumatic 24 hours in Casablanca airport. Bobo arrived back to Cotonou ...

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 this trip was that Bobo was able to travel to Benin to share his experience in Haiti in the country of his ancestors.  Bobo was responsible for all ...

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 conference in Durban, South Africa, and SOIL had long benefitted from their research and from their online publications. ...

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.  For the past several years these women have been working with ADESCA and their international partner SELF to ...

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 as the previous day’s sanitation survey in Bessassi, by Bobo and Sasha, was  not particularly encouraging. The ...

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 se : Besasi ak Dounkasa ki se 2 kominote riral. Denpi lè mwen te rive nan ayewopò Mawomèd 5 nan Mawòk mwen te ...

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 Explorers. This year the grant went to Sasha Kramer of SOIL, Jennifer Burney who works with SELF on solar powered irriga...