A conversation with SOIL’s Keurlit Charles

Keurlit Charles, SOIL's Field Operations Supervisor  We are continuing to engage in conversations with members of SOIL’s sanitation staff in Cap-Haitien to learn about the ways they are navigating the current situation in Haiti with their family and in their community.  This week, we spoke with Keurlit Charles, SOIL’s Field Operations Supervisor, to check in and hear how the ongoing crisis in Haiti is impacting his work and his home. Interviewer: How are you and your family doing right now?  Keurlit: Like every Haitian, my family and I fight to try to make a ...

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A Conversation with SOIL’s Human Resources Director, Wisner Jean-Louis

Wisner Jean-Louis in the Cap-Haitien office The year continues to be a very challenging one in Haiti – full of uncertainties for all Haitians caught in the midst of political, social, and economic instability. As an organization we are proud of our field team's courage and dedication providing consistent access to life-saving and dignified sanitation services for some of Haiti’s most vulnerable families, despite the other uncertainties that impact daily life.  To give you a better sense of what motivates the SOIL team we are continuing to engage in conversations ...

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Making the Invisible Visible with CBSA’s Rémi Kaupp

Rémi Kaupp, Executive Director of the Container Based Sanitation Alliance    Imagine not having a toilet. It’s a situation that we’ve asked you, our readers and supporters, to think about from time to time, and this week, with World Toilet Day just around the corner, we are asking you to take a closer look at what living without a toilet means for people around the world. And to help us think more deeply about some of the specifics and possible solutions, we spoke with Rémi Kaupp, Friend of SOIL and the Executive Director of the Container Based ...

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SOIL’s Executive Director Receives the John and Elizabeth Phillips Award from her Alma Mater

Sasha and SOIL Board Member Daniel Tillias. SOIL’s co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was recently awarded the John and Elizabeth Phillips Award by her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy. The award is a reflection of the incredible work that the entire SOIL team has done in Haiti. Both Sasha and SOIL Board Member, Daniel Tillias attended the awards ceremony with the trustees of the Academy to share more about Haiti and the efforts of the broader SOIL team. The Phillips Award is given to an alumnus or alumna of the Academy whose life demonstra...

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SOIL Attends Sustainable Sanitation Consortium in Cape Town

Consortium attendees in Cape Town.  This past September, SOIL Research Associate Maya Lubeck-Schricker traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend a research consortium meeting for the Off Grid Cities project. She joined researchers from Cranfield University (UK), University of Leeds (UK), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru), University of the Western Cape (SA), and Meru University of Science and Technology (Kenya), as well as fellow Container-based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) representatives from Sanima (Peru) and Sanergy (Kenya). The SOIL team is also ...

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A conversation with SOIL’s Romel Toussaint

Our Haitian staff members remain safe in Cap-Haitien as we continue to navigate the current challenges with a robust emergency response plan and an incredibly dedicated group of employees.  This week we spoke with Romel Toussaint, SOIL’s Senior Manager, about running the service during these challenging times, how his family is doing and how his work has changed with the ongoing crisis.  It almost goes without saying that Romel is one of SOIL’s tireless leaders - dedicated to supporting his staff, and working to ensure that service continues for every family with ...

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Navigating the challenges in Haiti: A Conversation with SOIL’s EkoLakay Manager

Our Haitian staff members remain safe in Cap-Haitien as we continue to navigate the current challenges with a robust emergency response plan and an incredibly dedicated group of employees. The team has, against all odds, continued to provide weekly sanitation service to over 2000 households subscribed to the EkoLakay service.  We want to take the time to highlight a few of SOIL’s sanitation heroes who have tirelessly worked with adjusted schedules, often in the very early hours, to ensure that service continues for every family with a SOIL toilet. We're pleased to ...

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Update from Haiti: October 2022

For the past several weeks, Haiti has been experiencing a new period of “peyi lòk,” or “country lockdown.” Thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets to protest the political, economic and social instability, and soaring fuel prices. Roadblocks and unrest, combined with ongoing insecurity and armed gangs blocking key transport pathways, have led to severe fuel shortages and a near total communications blackout in many parts of the country.  These challenges have forced many critical institutions in Haiti to suspend operations in recent days including ...

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Job Opening: Director of Information Technology

ABOUT SOIL SOIL is an award-winning organization founded in 2006, inspired by the belief that the most pervasive human rights abuse globally is poverty. SOIL works in Haiti to increase access to climate-positive sanitation services using a groundbreaking circular-economy model that simultaneously improves public health, food security, economic development, and ecological resiliency. SOIL’s sanitation service currently provides over 2,000 families in northern Haiti with safely-managed sanitation and plans to expand this to over 8,000 families in the coming years. SOIL ...

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Papers to Practice Podcast: SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer and Research Partner, Dr. Rebecca Ryal discuss GHG Emissions and Waste

Last week, SOIL Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer, was featured, along with research partner, Dr. Rebecca Ryals of UC Merced, on the Papers to Practice podcast to talk about some of the research they have done to better understand the positive environmental impacts of SOIL's service and waste treatment methodology. Specifically, the podcast focused on one of the publications produced from this work titled Greenhouse gas fluxes from human waste management pathways in Haiti. The Papers to Practice podcast features discussion with the authors of sanitation-related publica...

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