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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
[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.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Port-au-Prince (exact location TBD)
This workshop will be offered in Haitian Creole.
8:00 – 8:30
8:30 – ...
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SOIL òganize tanzantan atelye pou montre SOIL sèvi ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti.
Fòmasyon sa gen ladan yon rezime de pwogram yo nou, kom pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sèvi, leson nou te aprann nan developman teknoloji sa, e pwopozisyon pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa ka aplike pi byen.
Dat: Jedi, 30 Oktob 2014, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Pòtopwens (sit poko fèt)
Lang: Nou pral ofri atelye sa an kreyol.
8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan ...
You may have seen some photos around our social media sites recently highlighting our urban household garden project, known as “Jaden Kay” in Haitian Creole. In this program, SOIL provides working examples, resources, and research to demonstrate how even people in the most dense neighborhoods can utilize locally made compost to create a garden, even if they only have space for a couple of buckets or tires. For less than 10 USD, families can start a garden that will produce an abundance of vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, and corn. SOIL helps gardeners to know the ...