World Economic Forum Blog: Why Social Entrepreneurs See the Opportunity in Waste

World Economic Forum Blog: Why Social Entrepreneurs See the Opportunity in Waste

By Sasha Kramer, SOIL for the World Economic Forum Blog. Gone are the days of sanitation languishing in the shadows while other basic human needs take the spotlight. In the past decade, the topic of sanitation has emerged from backroom discussions among engineers at water conferences to a high-level, global dialogue among activists, celebrities and philanthropists. Many have come to the table through the obvious connection between sanitation and public health. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, over 1.5 million children die...

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January 2014 Newsletter: Resilient as the Soil

January 2014 Newsletter: Resilient as the Soil

This is a land so vibrant and alive that laugher will come bursting through as imperious as the sun and the spirit will survive resilient as the soil. - Dennis Brutus 1978 ”Love; the Struggle”   Dennis Brutus, a visionary poet and courageous activist, was also a founding member of the SOIL advisory board. Dennis’ lifetime struggle for justice inspired SOIL’s philosophy of liberation ecology and I often look to his writings for guidance.  While reflecting on the 4th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I remembered Dennis’...

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The Philosophical Roots of SOIL’s Waste Transformation Work in Haiti — Nutrient Access and Human Rights

The Philosophical Roots of SOIL’s Waste Transformation Work in Haiti — Nutrient Access and Human Rights

**  This post is a modified essay that was originally published in the online literary magazine Drunken Boat.  We hope this will give our supporters insight into SOIL’s guiding principles and we thank Drunken Boat and Ashoka Changemakers for encouraging us to philosophically reflect on why we do the work we do.** Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods  (SOIL) is an organization based in Haiti that was founded in 2006 with a mission of ensuring nutrients for all through the transformation of wastes into resources, or more precisely by...

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Let Sleeping Cows Lie: SOIL Executive Director Mauled by Cow

Let Sleeping Cows Lie: SOIL Executive Director Mauled by Cow

As many of you know SOIL’s dear Executive Director Sasha Kramer loves animals. Unfortunately, while attempting to wake up Uit the cow for a late night snack of a hot, salty potato, Sasha became tangled in Uit’s lead rope and was dragged across the field at the SOIL farm in Limonade. Sasha has thankfully since recovered, but she may reconsider the timing for giving hot, salty potato snacks to cows. We hope that you enjoy the reenactment photos below and remember to let sleeping cows lie.

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April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

Dear friends, All of our long time supporters are by now familiar with the community of Shada in Cap-Haitien, where SOIL has been working since 2006.  This is the home of the magnificent and charismatic Madame Bwa and the thousands of residents that inspire us with their courage and resilience.  That courage was once again put to the test when spring rains brought massive flooding to the community of Shada earlier this week. Flooding is not new in Shada, as the low-lying neighborhood has always been hit hard during heavy rains, but this year...

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January 2013 Newsletter: Hope and Remembrance 3 Years Later

January 2013 Newsletter: Hope and Remembrance 3 Years Later

Dear Friends, I am writing this letter at 3:53 pm January 12, 2013.  Three years ago today Port au Prince was bustling with activity as people spilled into the streets from work and school.  Mothers returned home after a long day of working under the hot sun, fathers greeted their children with tired eyes, neighbors shared warm handshakes and laughed away the day’s challenges.  One hour later the city collapsed and over 300,000 of these mothers, fathers, children and neighbors were lost in an instant. Last night at the stroke of midnight...

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Konpos Lakay Debut– Christmas Special

Konpos Lakay Debut– Christmas Special

This holiday season SOIL has a special treat for plants throughout Haiti.  We have 25,000 lbs. of beautiful compost ready for distribution at a special holiday price of just 75 HTG (less than $2 US) per 5-gallon bag.  We even have given our compost a name “Konpos Lakay” which means “local compost” but sounds much cooler in Kreyol. This is our first large-scale distribution and the team in Port au Prince has been hard at work all week sifting, bagging and piling up the compost. We are so proud to see SOIL’s emergency sanitation work...

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SOIL Stands with Our Friends on the East Coast

SOIL Stands with Our Friends on the East Coast

Dear friends, Just a quick update on the situation in Haiti and our fundraising efforts at SOIL. The rain from hurricane Sandy has mostly soaked into the mud and evaporated into the air, replenishing the rain that is falling on our friends along the east coast of the US today.  For all of you who are currently sheltering from the storm, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please take a moment to reflect on how lucky most of you receiving this email are to have a roof over your head and food in your pantry, as I did when Hurricane...

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Sandy Update

Sandy Update

Dear friends, We are writing to you to update you on the situation in Haiti with the passing of hurricane Sandy. Here in Port-au-Prince the rain has been coming down for three days straight, the most rain we have experienced since the earthquake. We are very lucky that everyone on our staff is safe and dry but our hearts go out to the thousands of people still living under tents whose lives are at risk from flooding and mudslides. Please keep Haiti in your thoughts and prayers this weekend and we will continue to update you on the situation....

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October 2012 Newsletter: With Love from Port-au-Prince

October 2012 Newsletter: With Love from Port-au-Prince

Dear Friends, Another month has passed and thanks to your ongoing support SOIL has remained as active and dedicated as ever. We are most grateful to our friends and supporters for helping us to ensure that our emergency toilets in Port-au-Prince stay open. As the rainy season begins the threat of cholera is ever greater for the hundreds of thousands people still living under tarps in the capital Port-au-Prince. Your donations over the past month have made a real difference for the thousands of earthquake victims that SOIL continues to serve. I...

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