SOIL’s community-led earthquake response: Interview with Réa Dol

Response team lead, Réa Dol, alongside other members of the response team.  SOIL was founded in the spirit of working side-by-side with communities to build ecological sanitation solutions that could be community-led. That principle idea of community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti.   This approach allowed SOIL to immediately respond to the overwhelming need for support and emergency supplies following the devastating earthquake in August. ...

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New Research on Container-based Sanitation Models Published in H2Open Journal

Traditional sanitation models – flush toilets – require a reliable water source and sewage infrastructure, both of which can be cost prohibitive and infeasible to build in urban settlements with contested land tenure. The usual alternatives, like pit latrines and septic tanks, are also infeasible or unsafe in many urban areas due to space limitations, high water tables, and population density. With the population of urban areas set to double by 2050 and one in three people still lacking access to a toilet worldwide, interest in container-based sanitation models (...

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How Rapid Urbanization in Haiti can overburden fragile systems

Photo courtesy of Tony Marcelli Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. Urban October sheds light on the immense impact that cities have on the present and future sustainability of our planet. As more and more people around the world migrate to cities, it has become even more important to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns. According to the UN, currently more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and by 2050 approximately 70% of the population ...

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The Challenges of Results-Based Financing for Sanitation: Shared Lessons Learned from Haiti

SOIL is proud to offer the most cost-effective, safe sanitation intervention in Haiti, costing less than pit latrines, septic tanks, and sewers per household basis per year. Our years of work building out a service in Haiti proves that even the world’s most vulnerable populations are willing to pay for safely managed sanitation and value the public health benefits of having this service.  Yet, we also recognize that vulnerable households are unable- and further, should not have to - take on the national burden of financing this public good and basic human right. Over ...

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Job Post: Konpos Lakay Consultant

INTRODUCTION  Le but de cet appel d’offre est de trouver un consultant qui pourra aider SOIL à bien positionner son  produit Konpos Lakay afin qu'il puisse être vendu en quantite en Haïti. À la suite du travail de ce  consultant, SOIL aura un rapport avec des recommandations soumis par le consultant pour augmenter  la quantité de Konpos Lakay que nous vendrons au cours de l'exercice 2021-22. SOIL souhaite  embaucher un consultant ayant une bonne connaissance et expérience des projets agricoles dans le  pays, de la façon dont le gouvernement haïtien ...

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SOIL Featured in Global Citizen

At SOIL, we are motivated by the belief that the most pervasive human rights abuse globally is poverty. That’s why we are so committed to our work in Haiti, the poorest and most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere. Despite fifty years of receiving considerable aid, Haiti has become poorer every year, further exacerbating the country’s vulnerability to climate change. “In Northern Haiti, particularly in communities that are vulnerable to climate change, the population is underserved, underrepresented, and don’t often have access to a ...

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Dignity and Respect for Haitian Refugees at the U.S. Border

Statement from SOIL CEO, Dr. Sasha Kramer, September 21, 2021 As an organization working on public health and human rights issues in Haiti for the past 16 years, SOIL unequivocally condemns the treatment of Haitian refugees on the Texas border. We are horrified at the way that public health measures enacted to protect human lives would be abused and distorted to unabashedly crush the hopes of thousands of Haitian families fighting for access to basic human rights, putting them directly in harm’s way. The world is now witnessing the largest deportation operation in ...

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September 2021 Newsletter: From Response to Reconstruction

We are deeply grateful to our network for your incredible solidarity and generosity in the aftermath of the earthquake in southern Haiti a month ago. The most current assessments of the impact indicate over 2,200 people were killed and another estimated 12,000 people injured. Overall, more than 136,000 families have been impacted by the disaster. Although many large aid groups immediately mobilized to respond to the earthquake, we have been particularly moved and inspired by the outpouring of support within Haiti. It has been humbling to see the ways in which - despite ...

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Building Resilience: SOIL at World Water Week 2021

 According to FAO, 2 billion people around the world live in areas plagued by physical water scarcity and another 1.6 billion face water scarcity due to a lack of the necessary infrastructure to bring water into their communities. As a result of the impacts of global climate change, the crisis is only anticipated to worsen. Half of the world is expected to be living in high-stress water areas by 2030. We see this reality every day in the communities in Haiti where SOIL works: water is expensive, hard to come by, and so often unsafe to drink. The lack of water ...

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New U.N. Climate Report

The devastating impacts of climate change continue to mount around us, especially in vulnerable frontline communities like the ones SOIL serves in Haiti. The dread of climate change has become an indisputable reality, exacerbating pre-existing vulnerabilities, including the global sanitation crisis. Haiti is responsible for only 0.01% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but bears the impact of climate change more severely than most nations. Haiti’s increased climate vulnerability is due to multiple factors including geographic location, topographical features, populat...

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