The Walrus: The Toilet Papers: Can a High-Tech Sanitation Appliance Save Lives in Poor Countries?

The Walrus: The Toilet Papers: Can a High-Tech Sanitation Appliance Save Lives in Poor Countries?

By Jeremy Keehn in The Walrus, May 2014 Magazine. We hear within us the perpetual call: There is the problem. Seek its solution. —David Hilbert, presenting his twenty-three grand challenges to the International Congress of Mathematicians, Paris, 1900 ONE EVENING last November, I went to an upscale hotel in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood to attend a German Scheisseparty. The guests, most of them young, multinational, and professionally attired, milled around, awaiting a display of spectacular bad taste. They were not disappointed. Before...

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April 2014 Newsletter: Carnival, Social Entrepreneurship, and Permaculture

April 2014 Newsletter: Carnival, Social Entrepreneurship, and Permaculture

Dear friends, Welcome to the long-awaited springtime! There are a lot of exciting things happening at SOIL this spring and we hope you take a few minutes to check out the most recent highlights below. ‘ Also, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed during the first two days of our Spring Challenge. Please help us reach our goal of expanding SOIL’s sanitation service, doubling our waste treatment operation, testing SOIL compost on four new crops, and teaching 500 more practitioners about how to replicate SOIL’s successes...

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truthout: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

truthout: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Published on truthout.org. View original post. SOIL is proud to announce that SOIL’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was selected as a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Every year the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship selects 20-25 social entrepreneurs achieving transformative social and/or environmental change through the application of innovative and practical approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on underserved populations. In recognition of Sasha’s...

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Press Release: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Press Release: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

SOIL is proud to announce that SOIL’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was selected as a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Every year the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship selects 20-25 social entrepreneurs achieving transformative social and/or environmental change through the application of innovative and practical approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on underserved populations. In recognition of Sasha’s groundbreaking work developing new social business models...

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March 2014 Newsletter: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

March 2014 Newsletter: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Dear Friends, Just a few short months ago, we wrote to you about how the SOIL team has transformed a section of Trutier in the Port-au-Prince city dump. While we’re happy to have created a lovely, lush little outpost in the sea of trash and rubble, we’re even prouder of what happens there every day: thousands of pounds of human waste are slowly being transformed into rich, organic compost. Unfortunately, all of our hard work at Trutier recently came under fire – literally. The private company which was helping to operate the landfill...

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SOIL’s New Consulting Services

SOIL’s New Consulting Services

SOIL is happy to announce that we are now offering consultancy services in Haiti and abroad. These consultancies will allow SOIL to share valuable knowledge and experience gained in implementing Ecological Sanitation in both emergency and non-emergency contexts. In addition to our core experience in Haiti since 2006, SOIL’s team of Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) experts have worked on sanitation projects in the following countries; Benin, Central African Republic, Germany, Holland, Latvia, Liberia, Nigeria, Romania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone,...

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Theo Talks Episode 26: Rat Catcher

Theo Talks Episode 26: Rat Catcher

To all fifteen fans of the SOIL Theo Talks series (you know who you are): we sincerely apologize that it’s been so long since the last episode. While there’s been no shortage of footage being produced by SOIL’s irrepressible Regional Director in Cap-Haitien, Theo Huitema, we have had some technical issues transferring these videos from Theo’s FlipCam to the World Wide Web. But have no fear – the series continues! So without further ado, it’s now time to rejoin Theo on another adventure in EcoSan! In Theo...

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February 2014 Newsletter: Donations to SOIL Matched

February 2014 Newsletter: Donations to SOIL Matched

Dear Friends, SOIL is currently treating over 20,000 gallons of waste per month, transforming it into rich, organic compost critical for rebuilding Haiti’s soil. But we want to do more! We dream of doubling the capacity of our EcoSan waste treatment sites in order to increase access to critical safe sanitation services in Haiti and to produce thousands of gallons more compost every year to help grow more food and plant more trees in Haiti. Can you help us? Today starting at 9 am EST, all donations to SOIL’s new organic compost...

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SOIL 2013 Annual Report is Here!

SOIL 2013 Annual Report is Here!

Dear friends, The 2013 Annual Report is here! We hope you enjoy this quick summary of what we’ve been up to lately. It’s an exciting time at the SOIL offices in Haiti these days: ecological sanitation (EcoSan) toilets built by SOIL and other organizations using SOIL’s designs are providing critical emergency sanitation services to thousands of people around the country, and SOIL’s social business pilot in Cap-Haitien continues to take off with more and more people signing up for household or communal toilet services...

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The Daily Beast: The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake

The Daily Beast: The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake

By Elise Jordan in The Daily Beast, February 3, 2014 “The SOIL project, operating in Haiti since 2006, turns human waste into compost at the largest sanitation treatment site in Haiti. Paid local toilet managers in the community are responsible for upkeep, and the sale of the compost will hopefully allow the organization to become self-sustaining—and increasingly create more jobs in these communities. SOIL’s founder, Dr. Sasha Kramer, hopes to translate success on a small scale to a model where the private sector manages the...

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