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SOIL Board Member, Tanvi Nagpal, featured in DEVEX

SOIL Board Member and Sr. Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins, Tanvi Nagpal, recently shared an opinion piece on the online media platform, Devex, titled Why localization is the only way forward in Haiti. Nagpal explains that given Haiti’s current situation, localizing development is the only practical and effective way forward as the country struggles with increased political uncertainty, violence and food and fuel shortages. The piece highlights three actions that the donors and policymakers should take: Redefine local capacity. Support ...

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SOIL at Expo 2020 Dubai

 In 2019, SOIL was honored to be awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership grant program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai, in support of sustainable social business solutions worldwide. The “Global Innovator” grants were awarded to solutions working in 76 countries around the globe and the awardees are now having the opportunity to participate in the Live Programming happening at the Expo in Dubai from October 2021 to March 2022.   The event was originally scheduled to kick off last year, but was postponed to 2021 due to the ...

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SOIL Featured in PBS Series Human: The World Within

We have exciting news to share! SOIL’s innovative sanitation solution was just featured in the new PBS series, HUMAN: The World Within. The six-part series is an unprecedented expedition into the vast universe inside of us all. The episode spotlighting SOIL’s work in Haiti is titled FUEL and recently aired on May 12th. This particular episode explores the human gut and its various functions through diverse examples including an ultra-marathon runner, a religious faster, a young girl suffering from allergies, and SOIL’s waste-to-resource sanitation approach. In ...

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SOIL Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Interviewed by CNN International

In 2019, SOIL was awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai. The award was granted to SOIL in recognition of our sustainable social enterprise solution to sanitation in Haiti. SOIL was honored to accept this award to provide support for our social enterprise model and solution to improve lives while preserving our planet. As part of this incredible effort put forth by Expo 2020 Dubai, to highlight and showcase the over 200 organizations participating in the Expo throughout the year (due to COVID-...

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SOIL Featured in New Book: Pipe Dreams by author Chelsea Wald

Are you interested in taking a global tour of sanitation solutions that are re-envisioning the way we think about the loo? Look no further than award-winning science journalist, Chelsea Wald’s new book, Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet! The book, which debuted on April 6th, addresses numerous issues that we at SOIL grapple with every day; such as the sustainability of waste, the flaws of our current (and perhaps outdated) system, and how to properly and sustainably deliver sanitation services to underserved populations. Pipe Dreams explores ...

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SOIL featured in Expo 2020 Dubai Global Best Practice Programme | Untold Stories

In 2019 SOIL was awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai, for our sustainable social enterprise solution to sanitation in Haiti. The goal of this grant is to provide support to help grow social enterprises and projects and promote creative solutions to that improve lives while preserving our planet. As part of this incredible effort put forth by Expo 2020 Dubai to highlight and showcase the over 200 organizations participating in the Expo, SOIL was also chosen to be featured in their Global Best ...

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An Interview with Entre Nous: A Big Problem in Haiti – the Environment

Haiti's environmental issues recently caught the attention of Entre Nous journalist Vladimir Laguerre, who sat down to speak with SOIL’s Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint and Sakala’s Co-founder, Daniel Tillias (and member of SOIL’s Board of Directors), to learn more about the work the two organizations are doing to address environmental and human rights issues in Haiti.   Both SOIL and Sakala have been working in Haiti for over a decade to promote human rights, environmental protection, and sustainable urban communities. SOIL’s household toilet and ecological ...

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Yon ti chita pale ak “Entre Nous”: Yon Gwo Pwoblem an Ayiti – Anviwonman an

Degradasyon anviwomnan peyi Dayiti te atire atansyon jounalis Vladimir Laguerre ki te fe yon chita pale avek SOIL e Sakala, 2 oganizasyon kap travay pou pote soutyen nan lit pou yon anviwomnan ki pi sen. SOIL ap travay depi lane 2006 an Ayiti nan domèn sanitasyon ekolojik kote li transfome deche imen a travè 2 pwogram li genyen ki se Ekolakay ak Konpos Lakay. Ak twalèt EkoLakay, SOIL kolekte deche ke li transfome an konpos. Sa bay anpil moun posibilite pou gen yon espas ijienik pou fe bezwen yo. Dapre yon kliyan, EkoLakay pote yon gwo solisyon pou moun pa fe bezwen nan ...

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Yale Climate Connections: As the planet warms, can we afford to treat poop as waste?

photo credit: Yale Climate Connections For centuries, people have been using human waste as a precious commodity for soil fertilization around the world. In fact, night soil, the term given to the human waste product, has had entire economies built around it as a means for sustainable agriculture production from Asia to the Amazon. A recent article in Yale Climate Connections provided some insight into understanding why we have wandered so far from these roots, how that has impacted climate change, and if it is time once again to rethink human waste as a valuable commod...

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August Newsletter: SOIL Launches New Marketing Campaign as Emergency Measures are Lifted

Dear Friend, We hope you and your family are staying healthy as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. This month, we are happy to share some positive progress from SOIL’s EkoLakay team on the ground in Cap-Haitien. We have fully resumed operations after the emergency freeze on non-essential activities that was in place most of the spring and into summer. We have confidence in the safety changes we have put in place to address future operational risks associated with COVID-19, so that we can continue to provide our essential EkoLakay household sanitation ...

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