National Geographic: Explorers in the Field visits SOIL

photo credit: National Geographic Education “What if your faucet had no clean water coming out of it and no way for human waste to get out?” As many classrooms move online, National Geographic brings the reality of the global sanitation crisis to screens around the world. And, they do it by bringing viewers to Haiti where they meet with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer to learn about the historical context for Haiti’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, what it means for public health and the environment, and how SOIL’s practical, climate-positive solution is responding to ...

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SOIL Chosen as Editors’ Pick in the Food Planet Prize

photo credit: Bijay Rai We have exciting news. SOIL’s team has been chosen as Editors’ Pick in The Curt Bergfor’s Food Planet Prize! SOIL has been recognized for its particular achievements in the category of Land Use and Agriculture for our innovative circular economy sanitation solution which promotes climate resiliency, protects ecosystems, restores soil fertility, and ultimately: nurtures sustainable food production. SOIL’s solution tackles two of the world’s most pressing problems: lack of access to safe sanitation and decreasing agricultural production in ...

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In Memory of Deirdre

One of our favorite recent memories with Deirdre – overlooking the beautiful Cap-Haitien, Haiti in October 2018. A note from SOIL’s Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer on the birthday of our beloved colleague, Deirdre Redden: The past months have been a period of collective shock, sacrifice and grieving for many families around the world as humanity faces the threat of coronavirus. It has also been a time of shared humanity, generosity and a moment for reflection. As our team at SOIL continues to fight to ensure basic services to the communities we serve, ...

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Meet Marckindy, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor

Marckindy onsite at SOIL’s composting waste treatment site in Mouchinette, Northern Haiti. A couple of months ago we sat down with Marckindy Etienne, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor, to talk about his work, his connection to SOIL, and his thoughts on the role sanitation and compost can play in Haiti’s future. Marckindy has been a part of the SOIL family since his first internship in 2012, and he’s known of SOIL for even longer through his brother, Job (SOIL’s Composting Manager). A condensed version of his interview follows, translated from Haitian Creole into ...

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May Newsletter: Honoring Mothers Amidst COVID

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Read SOIL's May newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Dear friends, This month at SOIL, we are feeling a profound appreciation for mothers. As we celebrate Mother’s Day in the US and as Mother’s Day approaches in Haiti, we are reminded anew of the incredible power mothers can have to impact the lives of their families and their communities. It is often mothers who make decisions about health, sanitation, and hygiene in their homes and for their ...

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Upcoming SOIL and CBSA Study: Comparing Costs of Urban Sanitation Solutions

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang With more than four billion people still lacking access to safe sanitation globally, we know that it’s going to take a multitude of innovative solutions to successfully tackle a crisis of this proportion. Citywide Inclusive Sanitation–the idea that a variety of alternatives to traditional sewer systems will be needed to “genuinely deliver universal coverage across whole urban areas” – has been gaining strong momentum in recent years. This notion that a one-size-fits-all solution to the global sanitation crisis is not realistic means ...

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Global Collaboration Amidst a Pandemic

Container Based Sanitation Alliance Gathering in Kenya
CBSA members gather at a conference in Kenya, 2018 It is in times of crisis we are reminded of the power of collaboration and the critical importance of networks of support. As frontline workers across the globe, from bus drivers to nurses to sanitation service providers, work tirelessly to protect their communities in the face of the pandemic, we have never been more grateful for our partners in the Container-based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA). The CBSA was formed in 2017 with a shared vision of a world where access to dignified, safe and affordable sanitation is no longer ...

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Earth Week: Your Gift Goes Further

  This week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our friends at Global Giving are matching donations to SOIL up to $500 by 50%! As SOIL works in the face of mounting challenges to nurture health, safety, and equitable access to critical services in some of Haiti’s most vulnerable communities, we invite you to join us in solidarity by making a gift of any size today. Click here to learn more and to give a gift that goes further.   Learn more about how SOIL is responding to COVID-19 to protect our colleagues, customers, and communities while ...

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Avi rekritman: Manadjè Ekolakay

Rezime: SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) travay an Ayiti pou transfòme dechè an resous itil depi lane 2006. Misyon nou se kore diyite, lasante ak travay sosyal dirab nan transfomasyon dechè an resous enpòtan pou lanati. Sèvis EkoLakay se yon sevis twalèt inovatif ke SOIL lanse depi 2011 nan Okap. EkoLakay genyen pliske 1000 kliyan nan zon Kap- Ayisyen ki anrejistre pou sèvis sa epi peye mansyèlman pou yon koleksyon ki fasilite tout matyè a trete e transfòme nan yon konpòs. Konpòs sa, ki rele Konpos Lakay, rive teste nan laboratwa avan li ...

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Nou la, We are Here

SOIL sanitation service collection in the Fort St. Michel neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, Haiti - February 2020. Credit: Etant Dupain. Pou jwenn enfòmasyon konsènan sou COVID-19, swiv lyen sa a. Read SOIL's April newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list.  Dear Friends, Earlier this week, SOIL’s Human Resources Director Wisner Jean Louis shared, “People continue to use toilets, so we will continue to be here.” This sentiment captures the heart of SOIL’s work during the ...

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