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It's time to think outside the sewer, writes Alia Dharssi for Ozy in a new article on how sanitation practitioners like SOIL are leading the way for a global sanitation revolution.
"Globally, more than 1 billion people live in slums with inadequate or no toilets. That condition is spawning a health crisis, with research linking poor sanitation to the transmission of diseases like cholera, malnutrition and intestinal worms. Less than 10 percent of wastewater is treated in some countries such as Lebanon and Cambodia, according to a 2017 United ...
Since it was first published in 2015, SOIL's Human Resources Manual has served to guide, unite, protect, and inform SOIL’s staff. The manual, written in Haitian Kreyòl, contains 24 pages with topics ranging from vacation time to salaries, confidentiality, performance evaluation, conflict resolution, and so on. Even though each employee goes over the entirety of the manual with their supervisors, SOIL felt it was worth investing the time in providing even further clarification and training on one subject: workplace harassment.
After spending almost a year looking for ...
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 ...
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?
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"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.
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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 ...
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 ...
Photo: Jorge Ribas of the Washington Post
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"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 ...