5 results for tag: travel


SOIL Board Visits Haiti

The SOIL Board of Directors visited Haiti in late March - one of our Board members shared his thoughts and impressions with us. We found his words incredibly moving, and wanted to share them with all of our friends and supporters, as well. Haiti is uniquely beautiful and compelling, and we believe this story will touch your hearts as it has ours.  A 3-year girl saunters in. An older friend, sister, or cousin pulls her back as she approaches the SOIL Board members, who are visiting neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien where people use SOIL household and community composting toilets. The Board makes for a curious sight. Madame Bwa - a longtime SOIL ...

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 ...