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“Solar Solar Everywhere, And We’ve Even Got Some to Spare….”

….For all of our activities, that is. Our exciting news to share is that both of our Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien offices will soon be fully functioning on solar power. It was only very recently with the expansion of our projects that we noticed our power situation just wasn’t cutting it. In Port-au-Prince, city utilities are unreliable, which meant we were running the generator all the time to power our laptops and office appliances. We hated contributing to carbon emissions, and we also hated hearing the loud generator motor at work. In Cap-Haitien, we ...

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Farewell Theo, Welcome Romel

The month of December was full of highlights, from the Paris Climate Conference to SOIL reaching over 500 household toilets. However, perhaps the biggest moment was the transitioning of our Cap-Haitien Regional Director Theo Huitema over to Romel Toussaint. Theo came into the Cap-Haitien Regional Director position four years ago and totally transformed the Cap-Haitien office with his many years of management experience. Always a joke on hand, he was an expert in connecting with the staff and communities where SOIL works. By fostering a team environment, the Cap office ...

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Fòmasyon Sanitasyon EkoLojik: 19 Fevriye 2016

[Click here to read this information in English.] SOIL òganize tanzantan atelye pou montre SOIL sèvi ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti. Fòmasyon sa gen ladan yon rezime de pwogram yo nou, kom pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sèvi, leson nou te aprann nan developman teknoloji sa, e pwopozisyon pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa ka aplike pi byen.   Enfòmasyon Atelye Dat: Vandredi, 19 Fevriye 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens Lang: Kreyol Ajanda 8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan yo 8h30 – 9h50: Mo Byenvini, ...

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SOIL EcoSan Training: Feb 19th 2016

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti. This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.   Workshop Information Date Friday, Feb 19th 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location Delmas 31, Port-au-Prince Language We hope to have sufficient interest to offer the workshop in both Haitian Creole and English. Please indicate your preferred ...

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Remembering the Day After

Today as I reflected on what to write on the 6th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I asked my colleagues to share their thoughts on how the earthquake had changed their lives. I learned things that I had never known. I learned that some of my co-workers lost children. I learned that some of them lost their jobs when the places where they worked collapsed. I learned of children who lost their schools and teachers. In losing loved ones, and limbs, and homes, thousands of Haitians lost the life they knew and the future they had imagined. I was reminded that we all lost ...

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SOIL is Hiring: Engineering Consultant

SOIL is seeking an engineering consultant to oversee the construction of two new composting sites in Port-au-Prince. The first site will be an experimental site within the Haitian Sanitation Authority’s (DINEPA) waste treatment site. This site will be designed to facilitate SOIL’s research into the potential for treating latrine waste and sludge from the waste stabilization ponds by thermophilic co-composting with available agricultural wastes. The second site will be an operational site for SOIL designed to treat the waste of at least 25,000 families and modeled after ...

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Toilets + Soil = <3

SOIL celebrated two of our favorite holidays recently: World Toilet Day (November 19) and World Soil Day (December 5). To us, toilets and soil go together like peas in a pod. Many of you know that SOIL uses the natural processes of ecological sanitation in order to transform toilet waste into nutrient rich compost, as shown in the EcoSan Cycle graphic. Here in Haiti, we celebrated World Toilet Day as a platform to spread the word about Ecological Sanitation. We had a large crowd of over 300 people join us for an event that included DJs, government officials from the ...

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Our new lab in Port-au-Prince!

In order to provide compost of the highest quality and ensure that we comply with the Haitian government’s requirements and WHO safety guidelines, we perform regular microbiological and physicochemical testing on each pile of compost produced in our sites. Our lab in Cap-Haitien was previously testing all of our compost, including that produced in Port-au-Prince. That required significant logistical coordination to ship the samples across the country, sometimes by plane sometimes by bus, since the samples need to be processed in less than 24 hours to ensure the ...

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Volunteer Opening: Database Expert

Are you a database guru? Do words like “servers,” “scripting” and “syncing” make your heart flutter? SOIL is developing a social business model of household sanitation in Haiti. We are currently using a series of increasingly complicated Excel Sheets to manage our 500+ customers, so we are eager to get a database in place to help us more efficiently collect, manage, and analyze our data. After a lot of research on what's already out there, we've decided that developing our own database is the best solution. We are leaning towards developing it in FileMa...

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Back to Benin

As all of our friends and supporters know, SOIL has been working to improve access to safe, dignified sanitation in Haiti since 2006. But you may not know that from time to time, SOIL also lends a hand with Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) projects around the globe. Recently, SOIL’s Port-au-Prince Regional Director, Baudeler "Bobo" Magloire, returned to the West African country of Benin to follow up on a project launched way back in 2012 in partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and their local partner, ADESCA. This project was funded through a National ...

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