52 results for author: SOIL Haiti


Container-Based Sanitation: Including Vulnerable Populations in Climate Mitigation

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Since its pilot, SOIL’s EkoLakay service has been carefully designed as a holistic model that can offer benefits beyond a simple household toilet. Rather than thinking solely about EkoLakay’s potential for individual impact, we’ve used sanitation provision as a starting point for designing a solution that leverages the interconnection between sanitation, climate, and human rights. This is evident in SOIL’s waste treatment and composting facility, where we turn human waste from the EkoLakay toilets into regenerative compost that can stabilize Haiti’s fragile soils. More recently, a study conducted on SOIL’s ...

August Newsletter: SOIL Launches New Marketing Campaign as Emergency Measures are Lifted

Dear Friend, We hope you and your family are staying healthy as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. This month, we are happy to share some positive progress from SOIL’s EkoLakay team on the ground in Cap-Haitien. We have fully resumed operations after the emergency freeze on non-essential activities that was in place most of the spring and into summer. We have confidence in the safety changes we have put in place to address future operational risks associated with COVID-19, so that we can continue to provide our essential EkoLakay household sanitation services to existing and new families in the communities we serve. COVID-19 Updates ...

Reflections on Research: Biogeochemist Gavin McNicol shares insights from his research at SOIL

Gavin McNicol and a team of researchers at SOIL's compost facility in Haiti. Earlier this summer, SOIL was pleased to share newly published research in the journal Nature Climate Change  that revealed groundbreaking analysis on SOIL’s sanitation solution and climate mitigation potential.  We are particularly grateful for the remarkable and dedicated team of researchers who worked on this research with SOIL, and who are endeavoring to help solve the global climate crisis while simultaneously promoting the inclusivity of vulnerable and less privileged populations in the climate conversation. We are thrilled to share a brief personal reflection on ...

SOIL’s EkoLakay Toilet Service Bridging the Gap in Haiti’s Sanitation Sector

“It allows you to live with dignity.” A new analysis conducted by SOIL on the long-term trajectory of SOIL’s user base reveals some promising data on sustained access to sanitation. Millions of people in Haiti lack access to private improved sanitation (privately owned latrine, flush toilet or dry toilet). Without access to private sanitation options, people must find an alternative means for sanitation through a shared latrine or toilet, a neighbor’s toilet, a church or school toilet, a public toilet or latrine, or open defecation. With a significant portion of the population living without a private option, the lack of safely managed ...

SOIL announces new give-back partnership with bamboo toilet paper company, Reel Paper

SOIL is excited to announce a new give-back partnership with California-based brand Reel Paper. The mission-driven, eco-friendly company reached out to SOIL last year to partner as a beneficiary in Reel Paper’s giving back sustainability program. Reel Paper uses bamboo to make its plastic-free, dye-free, biodegradable toilet paper. According to the company, using bamboo for producing toilet paper as opposed to traditional hardwood trees is both climate-conscious and practical. Bamboo uses uses significantly less water than hardwood trees, while also producing 35% more oxygen than trees - meaning an acre of bamboo can fix approximately 25 metric tons ...

A Devastating Blow to Haiti’s Most Vulnerable

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the complete destruction of the Shada II neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, the community where SOIL first launched our work in 2004. On Monday, June 15, the entire community, home to more than 1,500 families, was razed by tractors and heavy machinery. Community members have reported receiving no warning about the impending destruction of their homes. SOIL has a long history of working in and partnering with the Shada II community, and without their support and feedback we would never be where we are today. We have staff who have lived in Shada for decades, and SOIL provides household toilet service to more ...

Nature Climate Change: Groundbreaking Research on GHG Emissions Offset of SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Around the globe, 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation with 1 billion of those living in densely populated urban settlements. Many urban residents rely on pit latrines where human waste is not safely managed and carries the potential to contaminate water sources and critically endanger public health. To address the urgent need for safely managed sanitation in the communities we serve, SOIL’s water-wise sanitation solution in Haiti is designed to remove human waste from dense urban neighborhoods to mitigate the spread of waterborne disease, prevent negative environmental impacts from untreated waste, and transform the waste ...

June Newsletter: COVID-19 Response in Haiti and Latest News

Read SOIL's June newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. This month, we want to take a moment before our regular updates to acknowledge the vitally necessary action taking place in the United States and across the world. We stand in solidarity with Black communities and activists around the globe working to reimagine a world without the systemic racism and police brutality that have gone unchecked for centuries. These injustices are rooted in the colonial histories that continue to plague the world; Haiti is a beacon of Black independence and revolution, and it is ...

SEE Change Magazine talks with SOIL on how COVID-19 is Impacting the Most Vulnerable

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang “Imagine if a public toilet was your only sanitation option. In the best of times it’s a scary and unpleasant choice. Now imagine being asked to stay home when you don’t have a toilet in-house.” Journalist and Co-Founder of SEE Change Magazine, Elisa Birnbaum, spent some time last month speaking with SOIL’s own Sasha Kramer about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the vulnerable communities in Haiti that SOIL works alongside to provide household sanitation services. The article takes a look at how SOIL and other organizations have had to adjust to the recent challenges caused by the pandemic, as ...

SOIL Chosen as Editors’ Pick in the Food Planet Prize

photo credit: Bijay Rai We have exciting news. SOIL’s team has been chosen as Editors’ Pick in The Curt Bergfor’s Food Planet Prize! SOIL has been recognized for its particular achievements in the category of Land Use and Agriculture for our innovative circular economy sanitation solution which promotes climate resiliency, protects ecosystems, restores soil fertility, and ultimately: nurtures sustainable food production. SOIL’s solution tackles two of the world’s most pressing problems: lack of access to safe sanitation and decreasing agricultural production in large part due to soil degradation, intensive agricultural practices, and ...