In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, many dear friends reached out to SOIL about the best way to help, and we were so honored to see support pour in from all corners of the globe. Several of our friends even got creative in raising funds for hurricane relief - including our dear friend Berta from the Arco Iris Samba Band in Cambridge, England. The Arco Iris Samba band came together to play throughout Cambridge and raise funds for SOIL's hurricane relief effort. Check out a video of their performance and dance along if the mood strikes.
Sincere thanks to the Arco Iris Samba ...
SOIL has a history of participating in international days of recognition such as World Hand Washing Day (October 15) and World Toilet Day (November 19). Many of you have joined us in sharing your #Unselfies telling what sanitation means to you.
And while these holidays come around every year, the celebration is unique each time. This year, Hand Washing Day came in the wake of Hurricane Matthew as cholera cases started to spike up yet again. Most people know that the simple habit of hand washing can prevent waterborne diseases like cholera, but it can be easy to forget ...
The following guest post is by Tucker Cahill Chambers, who took the above photo of SOIL's waste treatment site in northern Haiti, where Tucker spent time with SOIL last week. Here is what Tucker has to say about the experience:
I first encountered ecological sanitation in a little town in the south of France, where I lived on a ecological family farm for a year. An off-the-grid cattle and mule farm atop a windswept and water-scarce plateau, the family made every effort to consume conscientiously and close resource loops wherever possible. Naturally, we used dry toilets ...
When the news of the approaching Hurricane Matthew started to circulate in Haiti in early October, residents of the northern city of Cap-Haitien hurriedly prepared for the worst. They were largely spared, unlike the cities in the Southwest which are still experiencing widespread devastation as a result. Tragically, while everyone’s attention was fixed on the suffering in the South, Cap-Haitien received the rain they had been expecting a month earlier. Starting on Friday, November 4th, Cap-Haitien was battered under torrential rains. Over 15 inches of rain fell from 5 ...
As our direct hurricane relief work winds down, the SOIL team wanted to share an update about the impact of our work in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and to sincerely thank everyone who donated to support communities impacted by this natural disaster.
We are honored to share that all together SOIL supporters from around the world contributed more than $76,000 for our Hurricane Matthew relief effort, and as of October 31st, we have distributed over $60,000 of these funds through trusted community organizers to assist with immediate relief efforts throughout the most ...
Glory in the shade of beautiful trees and lush greenery! Wander over to check out the “Red Zone!” (but don’t wander into the “Red Zone” because you’ll have to disinfect the soles of your shoes afterwards). Behold the the wonder and mystery of the “Natural Water Purification Act!” And don’t forget to take a ride on the PoopMobile before you exit the "park" (And by park, we mean waste treatment site). Do all this and much more at SOIL's waste treatment site, Mouchinette, in northern Haiti, one of the region's most exciting (and unexpected) tourist ...
(photo credit: www.mtv.com/news)
SOIL was recently featured in an article from MTV news highlighting the most effective responses to Hurricane Matthew. We are honored to be among the organizations noted for working to provide relief in the best and most impactful way possible, and are incredibly touched by this article's focus on locally-driven solutions.
To contribute to SOIL's Hurricane Matthew relief work, click here. 100% of all donations are going to hurricane relief efforts.
To read the article on Mtv.com, click here.
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First of all, thank you. Thank you to so many of you who reached out to SOIL to make sure that we are ok here in Haiti; to the hundreds who have donated to our relief fundraiser; to our friends and staff here in Haiti who put all hands on deck to organize a trip down to the south to bring much needed supplies and support to those who have lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods. Your outpouring of love and support has been truly touching.
We are relieved that all of our staff are all safe, but many have family in the south whose homes were destroyed. At this point, ...
Hello! My name is Claire or, as I was known around the office, “Claire Twa” (meaning Claire Three), since there were two other women named Claire working there at the time. I am a Master of Public Health student in Environmental Health at Emory University, and I worked with SOIL this summer to study various inexpensive and easy ways to disinfect urine before disposal. I tested the addition of different levels of ashes, vinegar, and Clorox since these three materials are accessible and inexpensive.
SOIL’s style of Ecological Sanitation (the safe re-use of the ...
SOIL was recently featured on the History Channel's web series called History NOW. We were incredibly honored to spend a little time talking about our work pioneering the EkoLakay household toilet service - check out the video below:
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See the original posts from History NOW here and here.