New York Times: A Tool Kit for the Donor Eager to Grasp All the Risks of Donation

SOIL is proud to partner with the Open Road Alliance and was recently very pleased to participate in an interview with the New York Times about Open Road's work to develop and share a "toolkit" for donors to encourage a healthy dialogue between funders and nonprofits about the realistic risks and potential roadblocks associated with projects and initiatives. "Despite the likelihood of problems, leaders of nonprofit organizations rarely lay out the risks of their projects, lest any hint of failure scare away funders. On the flip side, donors often fail to dig deeply ...

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EkoLakay reaches the 1000th Toilet Milestone!

Today is a day of celebration for SOIL - we just installed our 1,000th EkoLakay household toilet! EkoLakay would not exist without our clients, who pay for the service every month and in doing so, prove that ecological sanitation is a working alternative to other sanitation options like flush toilets or pit latrines. We want to thank each and every one of them. We are also so thankful for all of our friends and supporters, whose contributions subsidize the waste treatment component of the EkoLakay program. Our 1,000th client's name is Jean Nelson Arnoux. He li...

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Breaking Down All the Costs

As SOIL works to expand and continually improve our household toilet service, EkoLakay, we are constantly evaluating and reassessing our costs. To do this successfully, we need to have a detailed breakdown of what our costs are –how much we’re spending, what we’re spending money on, and what each facet of our program costs. Last year I started researching and analyzing EkoLakay service costs at the household level, meaning breaking down our cost analysis further to examine how much each piece of the program costs per household. We believed that by breaking down the ...

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Impact Design Hub: 40 Under 40

We are incredibly proud to share that SOIL Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer has been named one of Impact Design Hub's 40 under 40 in recognition of her incredible contributions to the public sector. Impact Design Hub’s 40 under 40 recognizes some of the brightest young minds at work designing for social good across four categories: Public, Academic, Environmental Design, and Products & Service. This year's group of honorees represents "a starting point for understanding the breadth and depth of where impact design stands today, and it represents living ...

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CBS News: Sowing seeds of hope for Haiti’s future

We are excited and honored to share a beautiful piece about our dear friend and partner Daniel Tilias and his organization, SAKALA, based in Cite Soleil. Daniel has worked tirelessly to create local solutions to Haiti's intertwined issues of environmental degradation, lack of employment opportunities, and need for safe spaces for children to learn and play. Check out this video and article from CBS News to see how far SAKALA has come since its founding in 2002 - and look out for a SOIL cameo near the end! Want to keep reading?

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New Beginnings: SOIL’s New Compost Site in Port-au-Prince

Regular readers of SOIL's blog may remember that we committed to transforming our composting site at the municipal waste dump in Truitier into a green oasis. Just over one year after starting operations in Truitier, we had made significant progress on this transformation and updated all of you with the blog:  Transforming Truitier. Since then, the trees have continued to grow and hundreds of butterflies have taken up residence in the site, creating a beautiful oasis within the municipal dump site. Scenes from SOIL's green compost side in the Port-au-Prince city ...

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Sunscreen or Rubber Boots? SOIL Has a Weather Station!

Last month we started collecting meteorological data at our composting site in northern Haiti. Currently, very few weather records are available in Haiti, and only a handful of stations publicly share the data they collect. With help from Becca Ryals and Gavin McNicol, our research partners from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, we built a brand new weather station at our northern compost site that offers a new, publicly-available source of continuous, local weather information! In fact, we set up the weather station just days after a tropical storm dumped ...

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World Toilet Day: Working Together for Sanitation Coverage

Every year SOIL is thrilled to celebrate one of our favorite holidays, World Toilet Day, as a chance to share the importance of sanitation, and the urgency of fighting to ensure safe sanitation access across the globe. This year, we spent the day engaging with people in Pister, a community in northern Haiti during a World Toilet Day event. In particular, we dug into one question: What do toilets have to do with jobs? SOIL's Deputy Regional Director Emmanuel Antoine connected the dots, saying: "The workplace in Haiti is a place that too often neglects the question of ...

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SOIL Enters the Cloud

Over the past few months you may have heard that SOIL is going mobile. We have been so excited to implement a new system for managing customer data - this is a huge step for SOIL in refining our EkoLakay household toilet service and ensuring we are able to significantly increase the number of customers we serve without compromising the quality of our service. SOIL’s Systems Director, Erica Lloyd, is the mastermind hard at work behind the scenes designing and implementing our new data system using TaroWorks, an Android mobile app, and Salesforce, a business database, ...

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Hurricane Matthew: Lessons Learned

On October 1st, Hurricane Matthew turned just a few degrees to the east putting the southern peninsula of Haiti directly in its path. Three days later, 142 mph winds ripped over small mountain villages and coastal cities damaging or destroying nearly 150,000 homes and more than 80% of regional crops and livestock. Communities were inundated with rains, flooding latrines and septic tanks. Less than two months later, just as Haiti disappears from the headlines, the true effects of Hurricane Matthew are starting to hit. More than 3,500 suspected cases of cholera, a disease ...

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