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

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...

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

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...

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la Conférence sur l’Assainissement Durable

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). 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...

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

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...

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Bobo Has Malaria

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...

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Mercy Corps Global Envision: Transforming Poo into a Valuable Resource

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...

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

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...

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Experiments in Composting: Po Pistach!

Experiments in Composting: Po Pistach!

We are REALLY excited up here at the Cap-Haitien office about our new cover material: ground peanut shells! We have been using bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane production) for years, which has been doing the job, but perhaps not breaking down as fast as we would like. It’s important for us to have a carbon material that works well with feces to break down into compost in a timely manner, as now we are processing so many people’s “waste”. Because sugarcane production is a large portion of the Haitian agronomy sector, it’s been easy...

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