Winter Newsletter 2010: Burning Tires in the Time of Cholera

In This Newsletter - Burning tires in the time of cholera - An update from Port-au-Prince - An update from northern Haiti - SOIL In The News - What SOIL is doing to combat the cholera epidemic - A visiting Notre Dame student tests SOIL's compost for pathogens - Holy Crap! (the film) - SOIL in Action: A profile of our Cholera Prevention Team - Thank you to our friends Read the full newsletter here

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The New York Times: The Miracle Toilet [Video by Nicholas D. Kristof]

By Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, December 1, 2010 Nicholas D. Kristof reports from Haiti about toilets that aim to address the sanitation problems that lead to cholera, while also providing fertilizer to help farmers.

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The New York Times: Haiti, Nearly A Year Later by Nicholas D. Kristof,

By Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, December 1, 2010 An emergency cholera hospital is the grimmest kind of medical center, and it’s a symbol of the succession of horrors that have battered Haiti over the last year. Here in Haiti’s central plateau, I visited a cholera treatment center run by an excellent aid group, Partners in Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Nobody goes in or out without being thoroughly disinfected; to try to control the epidemic, bodies are buried rather than released to families. In one tent, 40 seriously ill ...

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Onearth: Preventing Cholera’s Spread in Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti

By Genevra Pittman, Onearth Magazine, November 18, 2010 When Haiti’s cholera outbreak hit tent camps around Port-au-Prince in early November, Sasha Kramer was ready. Kramer is the executive director of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), an organization she co-founded in 2006. SOIL’s mission is to turn human waste in impoverished Haitian communities into fertilizer for agriculture -- improving public health and empowering people. She was working in Haiti even before the January 2009 quake. After the disaster, Oxfam asked her group to build ...

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Haiti Rewired: Sasha Kramer in Haiti

By Mara Gay, Haiti Rewired, November 17, 2010 Even before the country’s first cholera epidemic in more than six decades began to creep its way across the struggling country, leaving sickness and fear behind in a land that needed neither, Sasha Kramer knew that sanitation in Haiti was a matter of life and death. Kramer, an adjunct professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, moved to Haiti in 2004, and has spent years advocating a real sanitation system for Haiti, a necessity Kramer calls a “basic human right.” In 2006, she co-founded SOIL, ...

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SOIL’s 2011 Calendar is Out

SOIL volunteer, Corinne Coe, helped us put together a beautiful calendar featuring the best photos from our Looking Through Their Eyes photo empowerment project and we now need your help distributing them. All proceeds from calendar sales will directly benefit SOIL's ongoing relief work. Please help us make 2011 a better year in Haiti! If you are planning an event, looking for a unique holiday present or know a group of people that might be interested in purchasing one (take them to your office!), please let us know. We ask that you purchase calendars in packs of 10 or ...

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SOIL Stays Vigilant as News Breaks That Cholera Has Reached Port-au-Prince

The worst case scenario has happened - cholera has arrived in Port-au-Prince - and SOIL is continuing to do everything possible to limit the spread of the disease, to provide safe sanitation services, and to keep people informed on the best methods to prevent and treat it. SOIL's "Ajan Prevansyon" / Cholera Prevention Agents, having gone to every tent in every camp where SOIL works, are beginning to spread out to reach communities where information on the prevention and treatment of cholera has not yet been disseminated. Sadly, this is not a short term problem. The Pan ...

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Tropical Storm Tomas Passes By But The Sanitation Crisis Continues

It is cool and cloudy in Haiti this morning, and we've gotten reports that Tropical Storm Tomas has mostly blown by. SOIL's agronomist, Jean Marie Noel, is on his way out to our main compost site to check on the damage, SOIL's deputy director, Nick Preneta, is fielding updates from the camps where we work, and SOIL's executive director, Sasha Kramer, is at her godson's baptism. The city is quiet and calm as people slowly return to their lives and work. Right before the storm came, SOIL met with a writer for the Chrisitian Science Monitor to talk about the need to address ...

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Christian Science Monitor: Storm Tomas and cholera outbreak add urgency to Haiti’s sanitation problems

By Isabeau Doucet, Christian Science Monitor, November 4, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Even without a hurricane, sanitation in Haiti's capital is poor, local water sources are contaminated, and the 4 kilometer road to the shantytown of Cite Soleil is knee deep with mud and raw sewage. “It's always like this,” says Lionel Elve, a university student while driving his moped along the road. “The rains sweep the filthy streets from Petionville to Cite Soleil and clog the canals with trash flowing down to sea.” Now, earthquake-devastated Port-au-Prince is ...

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Cholera Outbreak Emergency Update

Thank you for keeping us in your hearts as you read the news about the spreading cholera outbreak in Haiti. SOIL has the dubious honor of being one of the very few organizations or institutions actually treating human waste (as opposed to the typical practice of dumping it untreated into locations where it continues to contaminate the groundwater) and with this comes a serious level of responsibility. SOIL is taking every precautionary measure possible to contain the extent of the outbreak, including: Continuing to provide clean and hygienic sanitation services for over ...

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