Whole-hearted Support for Safe Sanitation!

SOIL Regional Sanitation Director Baudeler Magloire with two participants in our World Toilet Day workshop. In case you somehow missed it on SOIL's Facebook and Twitter feeds, last Wednesday was World Toilet Day! Started in 2001 by the World Toilet Organization to bring awareness to the global sanitation crisis,  the holiday has become a day of action in support of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack access to safe sanitation. This year, SOIL was invited to celebrate World Toilet Day with OVIDHA (Organisation des Vidangeurs d'Haiti). OVIDHA is an organization ...

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The Globe and Mail: How an Exam Question Inspired This Social Entrepreneur


Responding to Severe Flooding in North Haiti

Starting on Tuesday morning, the SOIL Cap-Haitien office declared a state of emergency as heavy rains began to fall and it was clear that low-lying neighborhoods where we have public and household toilets would be flooded, as they were in 2012 and 2013. Official news sources are stating that 12 lives have been taken by the recent floods on Hispaniola, and thousands more have been displaced. The water brings other problems too -- it attracts mosquitos that carry diseases such as chikungunya, which has had a major outbreak in Haiti since April 2014. And without a sewage ...

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SOIL is Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations!

SOIL is based in Haiti, but we consider ourselves part of a global network of organizations, individuals, and communities that are interested in ecological sanitation, compost, and redefining the concept of “waste.” We share resources and stories, attend conferences, and invite visitors from around the world to see our operations. Now there’s an innovative new way that we are reaching out to our global community: accepting a new type of globalized currency, Bitcoins! We did some research before deciding to accept Bitcoin, and we learned that although it is quite ...

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Learning to Save Lives

By Marion Cherrak, SOIL Cap-Haitien Project Coordinator Haiti is a country prone to seismic events and hurricanes, as we saw in the early 2000s when four massive tropical storms were followed by the tragic 2010 earthquake. Soil erosion, together with high rainfall, can lead to landslides. In addition, health facilities are often overwhelmed with the number of people that need care, even apart from emergency situations. At SOIL, we are glad to have on our team a former scout (Charles), nurse (Algate), and Emergency Response Coordinator (Emmanuel). Thus, in addition to ...

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SOIL at World Water Week

It's no secret that here at SOIL, we love poop and its resource potential. The creation of compost, and the revenue it generates, is an essential component of EkoLakay, SOIL's household toilet social business pilot. Fortunately, we're not alone in our appreciation. This year's World Water Week, one of the world's largest events focused on water, sustainability, and development, featured a session on "Sanitation Business Models for Safe Resource Recovery and Reuse." SOIL was honored to be among the presenters in this jam-packed session about current research and practi...

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In Loving Memory of Severe

Jean Franquel Dime, known to us as Severe, worked with SOIL since the organizations humble beginnings in 2006 until the day that he passed away, on Wednesday September 22, 2014. Severe was a father to five children and a husband to his wife, Ocilia Pierre. For us at SOIL, he was a dear friend, an animated leader, and a warm presence. We will always lovingly remember him for his animated spirit, sense of humor, and unrelenting work ethic. He would be the last one working during the week and the first one dancing at a party. Severe, thank you so much for all of your ...

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Building an International Commode for Peace

This month I had the joyful experience of participating in a program called Southwest Studies with six students from Syria, Austria, Canada, Italy, Barbados and the U.S. at my alma mater, United World College. United World College (UWC) is a two-year international boarding school that has locations around the globe. Their mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Ben Gillock, the school’s Environmental Systems and Societies teacher and the founder of the UWC Agroecology Research Center, invited me ...

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All in the Family

We always talk about SOIL as a family, but with our two offices a six-hour drive apart, sometimes we can feel more like distant cousins than close-knit siblings. Fortunately, a recent staff development initiative this fall (check out our other activities here) provided a much-needed opportunity for some family bonding. As with any family reunion, there was plenty of laughter, good-natured teasing (Port-au-Prince is the reigning inter-office soccer champion), and delicious food - but there were also two full days of presentations, discussions, questions, brainstorming, ...

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SOIL EcoSan Training October 30th

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti. This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.   Workshop Information Date Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location Port-au-Prince (exact location TBD) Language This workshop will be offered in Haitian Creole. Tentative Agenda 8:00 – 8:30 Registration 8:30 – ...

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