302 results for author: SOILHaiti


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. ...

Tomorrow: SOIL to Present on Container Based Sanitation Solutions at World Water Week

Photo: Monica Wise Every year thousands of practitioners and changemakers from around the world gather in Stockholm to address critical global water issues at World Water Week. This year, the conference's theme is “water and waste: reduce and reuse” and participants will focus on the intersection of the water and sanitation crises with an eye on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SOIL is honored to be a part of these important conversations to both learn from global experts and to present on the innovative and sustainable container-based sanitation technologies we've been developing in Haiti. If you're in ...

New Mural in Miami’s Little Haiti Honors SOIL’s Work

At SOIL we are always humbled by the outpouring of generous and creative support we receive from SOIL cultivators and friends across the world who allow us to incubate sustainable sanitation solutions for Haiti’s most vulnerable communities. Some of our most creative support to date has come out of one high school in Miami – which has a club dedicated solely to advocating SOIL’s mission to transform waste into resources in Haiti! At the end of this past school year, students from the SOIL at Miami Beach Senior High Club (SOIL@MBSH) collaborated with art students from a school in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood to paint a mural in one of ...

Global Consultancy Firm Supports EkoLakay’s Preparation for Responsible Scale-Up

Container Based Sanitation Background Traditional sanitation models - flush toilets - require a reliable water source and sewage infrastructure, both of which can be cost prohibitive and infeasible to build in urban settlements with contested land tenure. The usual alternatives, onsite systems like pit latrines and septic tanks, are also infeasible or unsafe in many urban areas due to space limitations, high water tables, and population density. With the population of urban areas set to double by 2050 and one in three people still lacking access to a toilet worldwide, interest in container-based sanitation models (CBS) as a viable sanitation ...

Capacity Building Training Series for SOIL EkoLakay team

As our friends and supporters know, the SOIL team is working to build a sustainable business model for providing household sanitation services in Haiti – our goal is to spin off our service, called EkoLakay, into a privately run Haitian social business. As we work toward achieving that goal, we recognize that we must build the capacity of our team and become even more efficient so that we can continue to increase our impact while reducing our operating costs. To ensure we are effectively building team capacity, we have partnered with a group called Partners Worldwide to provide a series of trainings to our EkoLakay team. With the help of Brunel, ...