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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Together even when we’re apart

The SOIL team getting some pre-game words of encouragement during a soccer game earlier this year As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, the SOIL team is hard at work ensuring that we are doing everything we can to protect our staff and the communities we serve while maintaining the EkoLakay household sanitation service that is essential for supporting the health and safety of our customers. The past weeks have been incredibly challenging, and as we continue to work through our fear, sadness, and grief, the SOIL team wanted to take a step back and share the ...

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Meet Nazulia and Georgette

At SOIL, we strive to keep women’s voices at the forefront of our work. Historically, SOIL’s leadership has skewed heavily female, and we continue to work hard to ensure that women are represented throughout our entire organization, too. We want to introduce you to two of the women who work hard every day to help keep SOIL’s composting waste treatment operations running smoothly in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Nazulia and Georgette both feel strongly that there isn’t a job in the world that a woman couldn’t do. So long as someone is able to work, they believe gender ...

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Nonprofit HR’s Top Ten Women to Watch in 2020: SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer

Sasha Kramer alongside SOIL's team and supporters in Port-au-Prince, 2016 Every year, Nonprofit HR releases a list of women leading mission-driven organizations and community efforts who demonstrate a "commitment to boldly evoke change in their own way." This year, we are excited to share that SOIL's Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer has been honored alongside nine other inspiring leaders! Since 2006, Sasha has worked relentlessly to nurture SOIL's efforts to transform hazardous waste into restorative environmental solutions alongside communities in ...

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