RFI talks Public Health with SOIL’s Beverly Pierre

What impact does environmental degradation have on public health in Haiti? Last month, SOIL's Port-au-Prince EkoLakay Director, Beverly Pierre, had the opportunity to answer that question on one of the world's most widely broadcast radio stations, Radio France Internationale (RFI). Joining other advocates and practitioners in the public health field, Beverly explains to listeners how SOIL is working to transform a public health crisis in Haiti into an environmental solution with each EkoLakay toilet we operate and every pound of agricultural compost we produce. ...

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In Loving Memory of our Dear Colleague Franck Grégoire

To read the post in English, please scroll down. Nan memwa Franck Grégoire, yon kòlèg nou pap janm bliye. Se avèk anpil tristès ke nap pataje nouvèl lanmò yon kòlèg nou, Franck Grégoire, ki pèdi lavi l anba bal bandi nan fen mwa Janvye 2019. Grégoire te entegre ekip Konpostaj Okap nan lane 2016 la. E nou tout te konnen l kòm yon moun ki trè saj, poze e ki travay di anpil. Li te toujou respekte tout angajman l nan ede SOIL vanse ak misyon li. Anpil nan nou te toujou wè l tankou yon papa nan sit Konpostaj Mouchinèt la, paske l toujou prè pou ...

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ReThink: Cities Without Sewers

Photo: Caleb Alcénat/Labelimage for Project #WasteNot (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

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Restoring Soils in our own Backyard

SOIL’s household sanitation service was designed with nature as our guide, and as such, as we expand the reach of EkoLakay in urban Haiti, we’re producing more of the compost that makes its way back to the soil to support critically needed restoration efforts. After centuries of deforestation and erosion, poverty, and intensive colonial agricultural practices, soils in Haiti have become dangerously degraded. Before they can support the growth of bountiful harvests or reforestation initiatives, degraded soils need to be restored both with necessary nutrients and ...

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New World Bank Report Explores Impact of SOIL’s Sanitation Service

Business as usual in sanitation isn’t working, argues the World Bank. In cities experiencing rapid urbanization, they suggest that “the traditional approach to urban sanitation, premised on extending sewerage networks and building wastewater treatment plants, will not be sufficient to deliver citywide sanitation services for all.” And, in the Bank’s newly released report on Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) solutions, they argue that alternatives are needed to deliver inclusive sanitation in these contexts.

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Keeping EkoLakay Active in a Country on Lockdown

An Update from Haiti Though coverage in the international media remains scarce, Haiti is now entering day 10 of a deepening political crisis that follows months of increasingly challenging conditions faced by the majority of the population. Inflation has been spiraling out of control, making it even more difficult for vulnerable families across the nation to afford basic essentials. Fuel and electricity have become more and more scarce and allegations of corruption against many members of the ruling party, including the President, have led to mass unrest as people ...

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February Newsletter: An Update from Haiti

To sign up to receive an update from SOIL's teams in Haiti directly in your inbox each month, click here to join the list. Dear friends,This month, I felt it would be irresponsible not to directly address the challenging situation that is ongoing in Haiti. As some of you may have heard, the entire country has been on lockdown for the past six days as demonstrators take to the streets in a growing movement demanding the resignation of the president, justice for those accused of embezzling billions in development funds, and a solution to the economic crisis that is ...

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Refining SOIL’s Path to Financial Sustainability

SOIL is hard at work to refine our household ecological sanitation service, EkoLakay, so that we have a strong foundation as we grow to reach 15% of Cap-Haitien’s urban population with safely managed sanitation by 2025.  As a part of these efforts, SOIL had the honor of hosting Peter Townsley in Cap-Haitien for a month late last year. Peter is the former CEO of a fellow Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) member, Clean Team in Ghana, and he was instrumental in transforming their sanitation business into rapidly growing enterprise on a clear pathway towards ...

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Sanitation for a Rapidly Urbanizing World

Over 700 million people living in urban areas globally currently lack access to even basic sanitation, and without innovation this problem will only get worse. The global urban population is projected to increase by 2.5 billion people by 2050, with much of that growth concentrated in informal settlements and locations that are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change impacts*. It is critical to identify innovative technological solutions, services, and financing mechanisms to meet the sanitation needs of people living in rapidly growing urban settle...

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Global Sanitation Success Stories

SOIL's friends at cewas and the EcoSan Club publish a quarterly Sustainable Sanitation Practice journal which gathers stories of ecological sanitation systems, big or small, that are flourishing around the world. We are excited that SOIL is featured in the journal's latest edition as one of the stories of success. SOIL's article explores the lessons that SOIL has learned as we've worked to build a regenerative urban sanitation service and outlines how we're prioritizing inclusive innovation, responsible growth, and close engagement with the public sector along the ...

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