How SOIL is Engaging Stakeholders to Build Resilient Sanitation Systems

Here at SOIL we believe that part of why we have had the successes that we have in a country where too many projects struggle to deliver is, in part, due to our commitment to intentional collaboration. SOIL is committed to working alongside global experts, local communities, and national stakeholders to develop solutions to one of the world’s most challenging crises. Whether it’s through the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance, or with Haitian government, we know that pooling expertise to coordinate efforts, improve implementation, and support knowledge-sharing is ...

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RT on Haiti and SOIL with Dr. Sasha Kramer

SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer recently had the honor of joining Commissioner Bart Chilton for an in-depth interview on RT's Boom Bust. They dove into the origins of SOIL's work, the intersection of ecological principles and liberation theology, and the long-term impact that climate related catastrophes have had across Haiti. What's next on the horizon for SOIL and the sanitation sector at large? How can viewers at home who are inspired by SOIL's work play a role in helping grow SOIL's impact? Watch the video: Support SOIL Other Recent ...

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Hub Culture: An Interview with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer

"This year at Davos, there's a new global risk report and three of the five major risks are environmental ones: natural disasters, climate change, and water scarcity," says SOIL's Dr. Sasha Kramer in an interview with Edie Lush for Hub Culture. "[SOIL] is  working on designing a technology that not only provides a dignified toilet, but also addresses all of these risks." Don't miss a great discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals, the toilet of the future, and the disparaging remarks that President Trump made about Haiti last month. Watch the Full Interview...

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Monitoring Meteorology in One of the World’s Most Climate-Vulnerable Nations

Rain at SOIL's Office in Northern Haiti
Photo: Gavin McNicol A little over a year ago SOIL collaborated with scientists Rebecca Ryals (University of California, Merced) and Gavin McNicol (University of Alaska Southeast) to install a weather station at our composting facility near the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. Why a Weather Station? First, we wanted to see if local weather conditions influence the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted during the composting process, which has been the primary focus of Becca and Gavin’s research with SOIL. We also wanted to start building a climate record for ...

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Common Dreams: Head of Prominent NGO Walks Out of Trump’s Davos Speech

 Protesting Trump's "shithole" comment and in solidarity with the people of Haiti—a "beautiful, unique, revolutionary nation" — co-founder of SOIL, NGO focused on sustainable sanitation and ecology, voices dissent at global gathering. Photo: Jorge Ribas. Read the full article in Common Dreams "In particular, [Sasha] Kramer's action was a response to the administration's recent decision to end protections afforded Haitian refugees living in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program as well as eye-witness reports that Trump  referred ...

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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

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New York Times: Growing Interest in SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Photo: Andrea Bruce, Noor "With water shortages around the world, there’s growing interest in [SOIL's] approach," writes Nicholas Kristof today's column for the New York Times. Writing from the World Economic Forum's Conference in Davos, he explains that social entrepreneurs like SOIL offer an "inspiring window into what can be accomplished" in our world. Read the article in The New York Times "Sasha Kramer works in Haiti to address two fundamental problems: a lack of toilets and declining soil fertility. Her organization, SOIL, charges customers a few dollars a ...

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Lift Economy: Poop to the Rescue for Eroding Soils

Image: AJ+ Untreated human waste can do incredible harm to both public health and the environment. But can the power of poop be harnessed to rescue eroding soil and create sustainable livelihoods? Regular SOIL blog readers know the answer to that question is: yes! Dr. Sasha Kramer, SOIL's co-founder and Executive Director, sat down with our friends at Lift Economy for their podcast B the Change to chat about SOIL's work to develop social business models for the provision of household sanitation in vulnerable urban communities across Haiti. Listen to the Episode: ...

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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, ...

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BBC: Checking in with SOIL and the Problem Solvers

Photo Credit: BBC In early 2017, a team of journalists from the BBC traveled to Haiti to report on SOIL's work to transform dangerous human waste into an environmental solution: lush, organic compost! In a follow up to the interview and video that they published last year, BBC World Hacks' radio show checks back in with SOIL during their latest episode. Listen to the Podcast: Listen to the podcast below to learn about how SOIL's toilets fared in the face of the flooding that followed Hurricane Irma and about the findings of an upcoming World Bank report on SOIL's ...

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