Cycling Champion Nears New York!

After more than 4000 km, countless flat tires, cracked spokes, brews with new friends, and smiles along the way, our dear friend John is fast approaching New York City! First and foremost, we have to express our awe and wish John congratulations - this is quite a feat! Next, we are hoping to "grease the wheel" and make sure the final days of John's trip are as smooth and free of broken wheels as possible - to that end, please let us know (by emailing info@oursoil.org) if you are able to help us: Welcome John as he zooms across his personal finish line and into Battery ...

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National Geographic: Transforming Haiti With An Endless Local Resource

"Everyone poops. But not many people really think about what happens to it. We flush the toilet and it is out of sight and out of mind. Sasha Kramer, on the other hand, has poop on her mind all the time. She is a sanitation revolutionary helping to transform human waste into fertile organic compost for agriculture and reforestation in Haiti. “Arguably,” Kramer says, “the most important thing in nature is soil, that’s where all life comes from.” Kramer is an ecologist, human rights advocate, National Geographic emerging explorer, and the executive director of ...

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Students enjoy the SOIL Oasis in Port-au-Prince

This week, we're mixing it up with a guest post by Gina Wymore, who recently reached out to SOIL to arrange a field trip for a group of students who live nearby the SOIL office.  Take it away Gina! Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of touring the SOIL organization with some students from the Have Faith Haiti Mission. As part of our summer program, students are learning about recycling, compost, gardening, and being environmentally conscious. They were intrigued that waste could be reused in a beneficial way. This meant SOIL would make for a great addition to our ...

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SOIL’s Executive Director Awarded Ashoka Changemaker Fellowship

We are so proud to announce that SOIL's Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was selected as an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka Fellows are "pattern-changing social innovators" and "high-impact entrepreneurs" who are selected based on their creative solutions to the world's biggest social challenges. Sasha was selected for her work at SOIL building affordable, ecological, and sustainable solutions to the global sanitation crisis. With this award, Sasha joins a network of 3,000 Ashoka Fellows around the world working towards positive change. It's a huge honor for SOIL and for ...

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SOIL (Re)presents at Conference in Kumasi

Last week I had the great honor and pleasure of participating in and presenting at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference, hosted on the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology campus in Kumasi, Ghana. The theme of this year’s conference was Ensuring Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All. The conference featured many presentations covering topics like fecal sludge management, resource recovery, and sanitation marketing, and was an incredibly valuable opportunity to gain exposure to ...

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EkoLakay Go!

Thanks to an exciting new development, SOIL staff will soon be wandering through the streets, staring at excitedly at their cell phones. No, Pokemon Go isn’t coming to Haiti (yet) - but SOIL is going mobile! After more than a year of research, we are moving forward with setting up a new data system for EkoLakay, SOIL’s household toilet service. From tracking a potential customer to client contracts, payments, and bucket collections, running the EkoLakay service generates a ton of important data. When we first started the service in 2011, we put all of that data in ...

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Oxfam Policy and Practice Blog: Container Based Sanitation Could Solve the World’s Toilet Problems

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New Security Beat: New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas Achieve SDGs

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Cycling for SOIL!

Dr. John Kilbride, a dear SOIL friend (and the esteemed brother-in-law of SOIL co-founder Sasha Kramer), embarks July 23 upon a 2-wheeled odyssey of federal proportions; pedaling from Santa Monica pier in LA, to Battery Park in NYC. He will be spreading the word about SOIL and our ten year anniversary to all he meets! Our grand adventuring friend is inviting all of you to join him on his journey - whether you want to pedal along for a few miles, provide water/toilet breaks along the road, or a vehicle escort through tricky urban areas (we're looking at you, New ...

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SOIL Ecological Sanitation Training: September 29, 2016

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti. This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.   Workshop Information Date Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location Delmas 31, Port-au-Prince Language We hope to have sufficient interest to offer the workshop in both Haitian Creole and English. Please indicate your ...

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