SOILHaiti 14 October 2019

Courage and Persistence

Cap-Haitien

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“The courage of my colleagues is inexplicable,” shared SOIL’s Wisner Jean-Louis on a call from Cap-Haïtien early yesterday morning. “The entire team is driven to do what they can to keep SOIL’s service running through the crisis as if we weren’t in the midst of one.” Unfortunately, in the "midst of a crisis" is truly the only way to describe the situation right now. When we shared an update with you last month, it was becoming clear that the economic and political crisis in Haiti was deepening – and quickly.

Country-wide fuel shortages continue and the country is still largely on lockdown. It’s now not just fuel and transportation that are challenging to access. It’s water and food. It’s electricity and cell service. After opening briefly in early September, schools have yet to resume and supplies at hospitals are dangerously low.

For families already struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis, the challenges caused by dramatically increased cost of drinking water, food, and fuel are unspeakable. People from all walks of life have been in the streets almost daily for weeks calling for accountability and political change in the face of an uncertain future.

The past month has been a test for our team. Through blocked roads, scarce supplies, and rising costs, SOIL’s staff has worked with fervor and with heart to ensure our doors stay open and our services go on. Wisner shared that whether it’s SOIL’s EkoLakay collection staff heading out a few hours earlier in the morning to avoid road blocks or composting staff who walk to work to keep the waste treatment operation smoothly functioning, what is clear to him is that SOIL’s team “loves and believes in what they are doing.”

Increasing access to safe sanitation in under-resourced communities is never easy, but we are especially grateful for the outpouring of love and support for our team during these challenging times. You keep our spirits up and our hearts full as we work each day to provide access to regenerative sanitation, regardless of the circumstances. Thank you for being with us.

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