35 results for author: Sasha Kramer


JOB OPENING: EkoLakay Program Advisor

Job Announcement: EkoLakay Program Advisor Location: Port-au-Prince with limited travel to Cap-Haitien Application Deadline: October 8th, 2016 Start Date: November 15, 2016 or as soon as possible JOB DESCRIPTION SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) has been working in Haiti since 2006 to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources. The SOIL leadership team is pleased to announce an opportunity to join the SOIL Advisory Team in our Port-au-Prince office to support the development of our innovative social business (EkoLakay) for the provision of ecological household ...

Cross Country Cycle for SOIL- The Grand Finale!

On August 24 - just hours behind schedule - the now legendary Dr. John Kilbride rode the last leg of his journey accross the island of Manhattan and into Battery Park. Raising support for SOIL along the way, our favorite British physician pedaled his bike more than 4000 km, from the end of the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to Battery Park New York City in just over one month's time! John battled wildfires (on day one in the Los Angeles hills), blazing desert heat (117 F in Barstow!), a road that was not a road (curses on Route 66!), pokey brambles popping his tires (who knew, Kansas?), indigestion (from too many corn dogs and MacDonald's meals in ...

SOIL Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Last week SOIL kicked off our 10 Year Anniversary with celebrations in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. Few people know how to throw a party better than the SOIL team, and everyone was extra excited to be celebrating such a significant milestone. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary throughout the summer, but we wanted to kick things off with a celebration of our team, who have carried SOIL to so many successes over our ten-year history. Several SOIL staff have been with us since the very beginning, and we wanted to take a moment to honor each of them with a special award to recognize their incredible passion, dedication, and commitment ...

Remembering the Day After

Today as I reflected on what to write on the 6th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I asked my colleagues to share their thoughts on how the earthquake had changed their lives. I learned things that I had never known. I learned that some of my co-workers lost children. I learned that some of them lost their jobs when the places where they worked collapsed. I learned of children who lost their schools and teachers. In losing loved ones, and limbs, and homes, thousands of Haitians lost the life they knew and the future they had imagined. I was reminded that we all lost something that day, all of us who live in Haiti, all of us who love Haiti. We lost ...

January 2015 Newsletter: A Day of Reflection

Dear friends, Today is a day of reflection in Haiti. It is a day to remember Haiti as it was before the earthquake, a day to examine the changes over the last five years, and a day to dream of a future beyond the shadow of tragedy. There are those of you who have been with SOIL since our humble beginnings in 2006 and those of you who learned of our work after the earthquake. All of you are connected to SOIL because you believe in our mission to move beyond disasters, to a Haiti where everyone’s basic human rights are respected and supported by vibrant local economies. We are still a long way from that Haiti, and many question if we’ll ...

Huffington Post: Shining the Spotlight on Sanitation

By Sasha Kramer, SOIL in the Huffington Post, April 22, 2014 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 back-room discussions among engineers at water conferences to a high-level, global dialogue among activists, celebrities and philanthropists. One of the drivers for this increased interest in sanitation is the celebrity draw, but what is it that drew the celebrities, and what keeps them interested? Many have come to the table through the obvious connection between sanitation and public health. According to the Bill ...

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 from diarrheal diseases each year due to lack of sanitation. Today’s generation of advocates is ...

Food Tank: Food Hero: Sasha Kramer, How SOIL Works at the Nexus of Human Rights and Ecology

By Sasha Kramer, in Food Tank, March 16, 2014 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 turning poop into soil.  We believe that the key to equitable access to nutrients, in a world filled with inequality, is to empower communities to harness the power of ecological processes to transform a dangerous pollutant into a valuable resource. SOIL was founded on the philosophy of liberation ecology: every human being has the right to health and happiness and waste does ...

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’ poem, Love; the Struggle. Although the words above were written for South Africa in 1978, this poem could just as ...

SOIL’s Regional Director Moves Into a Compost Bin!

That’s right, our beloved Regional Director, Theo Huitema, has now officially become a shining example of our organizational mission to transform wastes into resources by building his home inside our old compost bins in Limonade, northern Haiti. In January 2012, the mayor of Limonade asked SOIL to relocate our northern Haiti compost site in accordance with a new plan for the development of the region.  Although it was sad to leave behind our beautiful new compost bins, which had only been used for 4 months, we gladly obliged and have since established a new compost site on government land in the officially sanctioned waste treatment area. Not ...