Today started with entrepreneurs and ended with biogas toilets and an amazing dinner.  In between we had original songs performed for us and I had to speak to 2,000 primary students.  It was another great day.

We started with a convening of top entrepreneurs and thinkers in the Ugandan innovation space.  The one big request was for UNICEF to bring together a similar group regularly.  Sometimes the best solutions are simple ones.

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James Wire talked about his work and issues of female entrepreneurship .

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We had a boxed lunch packed.  And apples wrapped.IMG_0928

On the way to our first site visit we are briefed on why pit latrines are important, and why they get full so quickly.  We are also told that a new solution (Engineered Micro-Organisms) can both reduce the bulk of fecal matter and also reduce the smell to nothing.  We are skeptical.

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We arrive at a primary school and sign in.

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We are walked to the latrine area

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They are actually pretty not-smelly, as far as latrines go.  But you can definitely tell they’re there.

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We put a small mount of EMO (essentially a yeast) in jerry cans of water, and pour it into the latrines.

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Within a matter of minutes the smell is totally gone.

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We then go to our second school.  This one has 2,500 students.

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We get an explanation of their bio gas effort…and then I am asked to speak to them.  It reminds me of a similar size group of students in Kitgum.  I tell them, truthfully, that solutions for their problems will be best found with them, and through their learning.

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We then go and see the bio gas toilet where waste is turned into manure and cooking gas.IMG_0992

The manure is used to fertilize bananas and avocados.

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The gas for fire works (a picture as proof)

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The head teacher of the school provided us with a set of feedback and challenges, and asked for our help to answer them. IMG_1008

Christopher Fabian

Kampala, Uganda

5 March, 2013

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