Staff Reports


Our Ambasadris

Her name is Joachim Gracius Philomene, but everyone knows her as Madame Bwa, or just Manman (the Creole word for "mother"). But no matter what you call her, the Ambasadris of SOIL North Haiti plays a crucial role in our work. Since the inception of SOIL in 2006, she has been spreading the word and helping change the health and sanitation of families throughout Cap-Haitien. She is met with respect and gratitude wherever she goes, and her word goes far with young and old alike. Madame Bwa is an inspirational community organizer in the neighborhood of Shada II, where she has ...

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Spreading Compost Love

Jean Delinoit works at SOIL as part of the agricultural team, helping to water the experimental gardens, take care of the animals, and working with the rest of the agriculture team on project implementation. He sees first-hand the benefits of SOIL compost in terms of soil amelioration and increases in food productivity. His dream is to further develop the area of Dubout (the area where he resides, and where our SOIL office is located) agriculturally, and to increase Haitian food culture and food security. Therefore, in his free time, he’s taken to working with a group of ...

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DNA Everywhere! (Or At Least From California to Haiti)

Safety is not something SOIL takes lightly. Haiti is battling the deadliest cholera epidemic in recent history, and diarrhea is the number one killer of children under five, so making sure that our waste treatment process kills off pathogens and results in safe compost is literally a matter of life and death. There are many components to SOIL's safety system, from training families in good hygiene and toilet maintenance practices, to implementing (and surpassing) the World Health Organization's standards for composting human waste, each integral to preventing the spread ...

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California Dreaming: SOIL's Agriculture Director Heads to Sustainable Farming Training

We are pleased to announce that our Cap-Haitien Agricultural Director, Romel Toussaint, has been awarded a scholarship to the Ecology Action six month internship! In this program, participants get involved in hands-on research in sustainable agriculture and closed-system food production using  GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. These practices maximize the effect of natural processes to improve sustainability and productivity. Double-dug beds, with soil loosened to a depth of 24 inches, aerate the soil, facilitate root growth, and improve water retention. Close plant ...

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Damning the Flood: SOIL’s Toilets Help Prevent Cholera During the Recent Flooding in Cap-Haitien

The rain started on the evening of November 8 and fell for 2 days straight.  A combination of deforested hillsides and inadequate drainage meant that the city of Cap Haitien was flooding within hours.  SOIL’s office in the center of downtown was surrounded by canals of dirty water, over 3 feet deep in some places, making it impossible to see the drainage holes and limiting pedestrian movement throughout the city.  We were very lucky in that our office is located on the second floor and sustained only minimal damage from leaking walls. The community of Shada where ...

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la Conférence sur l’Assainissement Durable

  SOIL et UNICEF  vous invitent à la Conférence sur l’Assainissement Durable qui se tiendra le mardi 12 et mercredi 13 juin 2012, á l’hôtel Ritz Kinam II á Pétion-ville. Cette conférence, organisée par SOIL, se rencontreront pour émettre des échanges d’idées et d’expériences dans ce secteur en Haiti.   (Read announcement in English). [learn_more caption="Logistique de la Conférence"] Calendrier Mardi et mercredi, 12 Juin et le 13 Juin 2012 Emplacement Ritz Kinam II Hotel, Pétion-ville, Haiti. Les Objectifs de la Conférence L’éc...

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New SOIL Waste Treatment Site for Cap-Haitien – Ground Breaking!

The paperwork is finalized, the legalization papers are stamped, the borders are defined, and now we’ve started construction! The newest SOIL waste treatment composting facility is located in Mochinette, a small village between urban Cap-Haitien and our demonstration farm site in Limonade. The area is beautiful: generally flat grassland with plenty of green shrubbery and mango trees dotting the landscape. In fact, there is a huge mango tree right on our site that provides shade for the drum run team to relax in during break-time and, even better, it's currently teeming ...

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Bobo Has Malaria

Bobo is back in Cotonou, Benin. His story is long and thus far not happy: After two attempts at leaving Benin to make the long journey back to Haiti, Bobo finally reached Madrid on Friday, only to be denied his onward journey to Havana. We are still trying to confirm details of why his trans-atlantic flight was denied, but it seems to be the fault of the airline, Air Europa, who claimed he did not have a ticket, even though we have all the valid documentation to prove the contrary. Without passage to Havana, Bobo was sent back to Cotonou by Royal Air Marok, via an ...

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Mercy Corps Global Envision: Transforming Poo into a Valuable Resource

By Pete Mercouriou on May 10, 2012 in Mercy Corp's Global Envision. In Haiti, one nonprofit may have figured out how to make a pot o' gold out of a port-o-pot. Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, or SOIL is dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities, and transforming human waste into a valuable resource in Haiti. Leah Nevada Page, SOIL's development director, gave us an insider’s scoop on poop. What's the importance of ecological sanitation and how is it received in Haiti? "When SOIL first started in Haiti, we provided seminars and ...

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Yon pelerinaj Asenisman mennen  yon nouvèl dekouvèt nan listwa / Travel brings new discoveries in history

This is one story from a multi-part series on SOIL's adventures in Africa. English version below Mwen te vwayaje pandan twa jou tout lannwit poum te rive nan peyi benin dafrik e mwen te pase plizyè peyi tankou panama, kiba, lespay, mawòk, togo jis mwen te rive nan bout tè peyi benin dafrik. Objektif pwensipal vizit sa nan benin dafrik se te pou yon pataj eksperyans nan domenn sanitasyon ekolojik ak yon oganizasyon beninwaz ki rele ADESCA ki chita nan komin kalale nan benen e rive travay ak oganizasyon fanm nan 2 vilaj anndan kalale se : Besasi ak Dounkasa ki se 2 ...

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