Visiting Songhai Centre
Fr Nzamujo
Fr Nzamujo
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11/23/2003 2:53:03 AM

Fr. Nzamujo, founder of Songhai Centre in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin. Some of the Sisters at the Holy Child Integrated Agricultural Centre studied agriculture at Songhai. Nzamujo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for feeding the people of Africa.

Fr Nzamujo and Sr Cecilia
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11/23/2003 3:37:22 AM

Fr. Nzamujo and Sr. Cecilia, Province Leader.

Fr Nzamujo and Sr Cecilia
The Conference Centre
The Conference Centre
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11/22/2003 7:46:23 AM

This is the Conference Centre at Songhai Center in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin.

Accommodations were great
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11/22/2003 7:45:55 AM

The accommodations were great.

Accommodations were great
View from the Conference Centre
View from the Conference Centre
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11/21/2003 12:57:05 PM

This is the view from the first level of the Conference Centre at Songhai.

With the mosquito netting
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11/21/2003 9:48:43 AM

Demonstrating how the mosquito netting would work (for those who may want to use it).

With the mosquito netting
Fr Nzamujo's home
Fr Nzamujo's home
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11/23/2003 2:51:15 AM

This is Fr Nzamujo's home at Songhai Centre.

Sr. Cecilia
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11/23/2003 4:29:24 AM

Sr. Cecilia, Province Leader

Sr. Cecilia
A beautiful little girl
A beautiful little girl
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11/22/2003 4:19:08 AM

Nadesh, the daughter of Nzamujo's cook, is six. She's a beautiful little girl.

Nadesh's first picture
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11/22/2003 4:20:49 AM

This is Nadesh's first picture. It's her mom, Nzamujo's secretary and Sr. Cecilia.

Nadesh's first picture
The Chapel
The Chapel
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11/23/2003 3:03:28 AM

This is the Chapel at Songhai Centre.

Nadesh
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11/23/2003 4:44:41 AM

Here's another shot of Nadesh.

Nadesh

Where it all begins
Where it all begins
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11/22/2003 6:05:41 AM

My introduction to"Integrated Agriculture" begins here... as Fr. Nzamujo says, "the output of one system becomes the input to another." The waste from the toilets fertilizes the plants.

And the plants grow
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11/22/2003 6:06:04 AM

Before Sonhai was built, this land was waste land, a dump... all trees had been cut down... it's hard to envision it as waste land.

And the plants grow
Irrigation
Irrigation
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11/23/2003 8:01:52 AM

The irrigation system and acres of thriving fruits and vegetables.

Bananas
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11/23/2003 8:29:49 AM

Delicious Bananas, Mangos and Papapa are organically grown at Songhai.

Bananas
Organic Agriculture
Organic Agriculture
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11/22/2003 7:58:04 AM

Everything is organic.

Fish
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11/22/2003 8:07:57 AM

The fish harvested from Sonhai were delicious.

Fish
Turkeys
Turkeys
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11/22/2003 6:35:16 AM

Turkeys

Guinea Hens
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11/22/2003 7:56:02 AM

Guinea Hens

Guinea Hens
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
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11/22/2003 7:57:12 AM

Everything's happy at feeding time.

Snails
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11/22/2003 6:48:51 AM

This is where African Snails are bred.

Snails
A close up of the snails
A close up of the snails
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11/22/2003 6:49:25 AM

Here's a close up of the snails.

Processing
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11/22/2003 6:27:12 AM

A woman in one of the processing units, who takes the grain and converts it to beverages.

Processing
Labeling and packing the bottles
Labeling and packing the bottles
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11/22/2003 6:24:36 AM

Labeling and packing the bottles. After processing comes marketing.

Selling
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11/22/2003 6:18:50 AM

The store at Songhai Centre. Food is also sold in the surrounding villages and shipped throughout West Africa.

Selling
And the waste
And the waste
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11/22/2003 6:43:41 AM

And the waste from the animals is converted to biogas that heats the water.

Biogas
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11/22/2003 6:43:18 AM

Integrated agriculture is truly integrated processes... everything's reused.

Biogas