66 results for author: Leah Nevada Jean


Diarrhea Outbeak Has Claimed at Least 50 Lives in the Past 72 hours

News agencies are reporting that an outbreak of diarrhea has claimed at least 50 lives in the past 72 hours in central Haiti along the Artibonite river. Diarrhea, which is a preventable and treatable disease, is inexcusably a major cause of death in developing countries. In Haiti, where the majority of people do not have access to a toilet and those toiletsthat do exist almost always discharge directly into either the street, open water, or underground pits, 12% of children die before age 5 and waterborne illness is the second most prevalent cause, responsible for 16.5% of these deaths. Please help SOIL respond to the continuing sanitation crisis ...

Notre Dame Student Finds That SOIL Compost is Pathogen Free

John Strutner from the University of Notre Dame recently traveled  from Indiana to Haiti in order to collect samples of SOIL’s compost and test it for fecal pathogens.  SOIL assiduously follows international public health standards for the composting of human waste as it converts over 5,000 gallons of poo per week into nutrient rich fertilizer. Now thanks to John’s study, we have evidence that  SOIL’s efforts are paying off.  John found that pathogenic material present in the human waste that SOIL freshly collected from ecological sanitation toilets around Haiti was no longer present after going through the composting process. As John ...

Fall 2010 Newsletter: SOIL’s EcoSan Toilets Revolutionize Emergency Sanitation

Our SOIL Newsletter - Fall 2010 is out with lots of updates on our latest projects. If you didn't receive your own copy by email and you'd like to in the future, please sign up for email updates in the box to the right. In This Issue When Toilets Go Bad SOIL's EcoSan Toilets Revolutionize Emergency Sanitation Update from Northern Haiti SOIL's Reponse to the 2010 Earthquake Join Us for the 2011 SOIL Calendar Fundraiser SOIL Website Now Accepts Monthly Donations

AOL News: Sanitation Efforts Target Sea of Sewage in Haiti

By Emily Troutman, AOL News, August 24, 2010 Amy Ross navigates the filthy, feces-strewn backstreets here in flip-flops and a miniskirt, bobbing along quite happily, giving the distinct impression that she's either been in this city too long or not long enough. Ross is a program manager for Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, or SOIL, a Haiti-based organization that specializes in toilets, or what the humanitarian community euphemistically refers to as "sanitation." Ross' good humor makes her an ideal candidate for this job, in which she is routinely talking about, or surrounded by ... waste. On this day, Ross is on her way to a ...

Essence: An Insider's Guide To Donating To Haiti

By Alexandra Phanor-Faury, Essence, February 2, 2010 Many of us have been moved by the heartbreaking images and stories out of Haiti following the earth-shattering quake and have donated money and goods. There have been so many non-profits accepting donations for Haiti, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what organizations are credible and which ones will put our dollars to work in Haiti now. The many reports of relief aid still piled up at the airport not making its way to those in need makes donating even that more confusing. Nevertheless, we know that there are organizations who are working tirelessly to help the hundreds of thousands ...

San Francisco Bay View: One Year Ago the City Collapsed

By Sasha Kramer, San Francisco Bay View, January 12, 2011 One year ago this morning millions of Haitians rose to greet the cool January sunshine. They walked the streets of Port au Prince, on their way to work, through the damp corridors of the capital. The National Palace towered over Champs Mars and the bells of the National Cathedral greeted the market women who gathered long before sunrise. Thousands of mothers kissed their children goodbye for the day and hundreds of schools throughout the capital echoed with the voices of students eager to learn after the Christmas holiday. The parks of the city smelled of fried food and charcoal smoke. It was ...