306 results for author: SOILHaiti


Dr. Sasha Kramer Walks Out of President Trump’s Speech at Davos in Solidarity with the Haitian People

Photo: Jorge Ribas of the Washington Post

Though we May Bend, We Will Never Break

Photo: Melissa Schilling In light of President Trump's disparaging and racist remarks about Haiti and unnamed countries in Africa yesterday, our team felt strongly that we should address these comments head on. We were particularly appalled that a world leader would have the insensitivity to make such a statement on the eve of the earthquake that created the conditions necessitating the TPS program. In SOIL’s 11-year history we have worked beside some of the strongest, bravest, and kindest people we have ever known. It is our privilege to work in this beautiful, unique, revolutionary nation — not the other way around. And on this, the eighth ...

An Unexpected Holiday Gift

The SOIL team was surprised on the last Friday before SOIL's offices closed for the holidays when the particularly-jolly looking receptionist Merlande handed each member of SOIL's team a festive holiday card followed by the request to "sign here!" One after another, every SOIL employee opened the cards that read "Jwaye Nwèl" (Merry Christmas in Haitian Creole) across the front, and quickly understood that we were being asked to sign for a generous end-of-the-year bonus. Usually Fridays carry a more giddy mood than other work days, but this Friday’s mood was particularly jubilant with pride and solidarity. Inside each card was an explanation from ...

A Safer Sanitation Solution for Women and Girls

Photo: Bernard Cherelus Since 2006, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) has worked tirelessly to bring our holistic ecological sanitation solution to life in Haiti. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, we are demonstrating that it’s possible to provide safe, dignified and affordable sanitation services to resource poor urban communities. About SOIL’s EkoLakay Household Sanitation Service With the support of USAID’s Global Development Lab, SOIL’s growing social business pilot EkoLakay provides household-level sanitation to families in some of Haiti’s most vulnerable urban communities. Each household is provided ...

How SOIL’s Toilets are Tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Photo: Bernard Cherelus At SOIL we believe that having access to a toilet is a basic human right. Having access to a toilet provides a feeling of dignity. Household toilets increase safety for women and girls and they are critical for preventing waterborne diseases. Because of lack of access to toilets, clean water, and hygiene services, diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day around the world—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Sadly, it is estimated that only 34% of urban Haitians have access to improved sanitation facilities and less than 1% of human waste in Haiti is safely treated. This sanitation crisis is mirrored on a global ...

SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer Wins the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement

SOIL's beloved co-founder and fearless leader, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was recently awarded the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of her work to develop sustainable sanitation solutions. Congratulations to Sasha, and thank you for your years of service! The award is named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who made significant contributions to ridding the City of Amsterdam of cholera in the late nineteenth century. We're deeply honored to receive this recognition of Sasha's work and of the model SOIL is building in Haiti. In fact, here's a special message to say thank you! http://www.oursoil.org/wp-content/uploa...

AVETISMAN TRAVAY: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay

Avetisman Travay: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay Disponibilite: Plen tan Kote: Potoprens Zòn entèvansyon: Delmas 33, Silo, Ti Plas Kazo, Site Soley ak Kwadèboukè Telefon Biwo: (509) 4621-7271 Dat Limit: 17 Novanm 2017 Dat Komansman: 3 Janvier, 2018 SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), Travay an Ayiti depi lanne 2006. Misyon nou se kore Diyite, Lasante, ak travay sosyal dirab nan transfòmasyon dechè an resous enpòtan pou lanati. Direksyon SOIL vle avèti tout moun ke li genyen youn (1) pòs vid ke l’ap eseye ranpli. Pòs sa yo twouve’l andan Pwogram EkoLakay SOIL. Pwofil Pos Tach Jeneral ...

In Loving Memory of Jhony Michel, SOIL Sanitation Hero

Photo: Claire Pask Jhony Michel, husband to Islande "Kokolo" Dieudonné and father of five, was a dedicated member of the SOIL team since July 2015, and a collaborator and friend for much longer.  After work on September 22nd, he strapped on his helmet, got on his motorcycle, and went to pick up his wife from the market. A van transporting passengers from Ouanaminthe to Cap-Haitien struck Jhony, and he passed away at the site of the accident.  SOIL's human resources director Wisner Jean Louis remembers that "Jhony was one of the sweetest, most peaceful, and collaborative members of the team. We lost a brother and a colleague." The people that ...

Hurricane Irma has Passed Haiti: Updates from the SOIL Crew

As the SOIL team braced for Irma to make its way through the Caribbean this week and potentially through the communities in Northern Haiti where we have worked since 2006, we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. We gathered materials, readied our vehicles, and hit the streets throughout frontline communities to urge those who were able to evacuate to do so. During our EkoLakay collections, we talked with hard to reach communities about the risks of flooding and importance of safety planning. Emergency Preparedness For the 48 hours prior to Irma's arrival north of Haiti, we worked around the clock to ensure that our EkoLakay household ...

Preparing for Irma

Photo from Cap-Haitien flooding in 2016. Our EkoLakay toilets are intentionally designed to be resilient to natural disasters. While our hearts are heavy from watching this past week's climate devastation unfold in frontline communities across Texas, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, we’ve also been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma as it heads across the Caribbean. We’re all still hoping that Irma will veer to the north and fizzle out, but we’re also bracing for the worst here in Haiti. Right now, northern Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic are under a hurricane warning and the rest of Haiti is under a tropical storm warning. ...