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Business Wire: NRG Partners with DigitalKap to Bring Solar Power to Haitian Non-Profits, GHESKIO and SOIL

“Electrification” of new solar arrays provides clean, reliable power PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NRG Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE:NRG) philanthropy program - NRG Global Giving - joined forces with Haitian solar company DigitalKap to unveil two newly installed rooftop solar arrays at Haitian non-profits Les Centres GHESKIO (GHESKIO) in Port au Prince and Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) in Cap-Haïtien. Both organizations received systems that total 20kW. The respective systems, made up of nearly 120 photovoltaic panels, will generate 100% of the ...

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SOIL Board Visits Haiti

The SOIL Board of Directors visited Haiti in late March - one of our Board members shared his thoughts and impressions with us. We found his words incredibly moving, and wanted to share them with all of our friends and supporters, as well. Haiti is uniquely beautiful and compelling, and we believe this story will touch your hearts as it has ours.  A 3-year girl saunters in. An older friend, sister, or cousin pulls her back as she approaches the SOIL Board members, who are visiting neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien where people use SOIL household and community composting ...

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Fòmasyon Sanitasyon EkoLojik: 12 Me 2016

Detanzantan, SOIL oganize atelye pou pataje eksperyans ak konesans nou genyen ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti Fomasyon sa genyen ladan yon rezime de pwogram nou yo, pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sevi, leson nou te aprann nan devlopman tekonoloji sa yo, e pwopozisyon nou genyen pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa yo ka aplike pi byen. Enfòmasyon Atelye Dat: Jedi, 12 Me 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens Lang: Kreyol Ajanda 8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan yo 8h30 – 9h50: Mo Byenvini, Tour de Tab, Entwodiksyon ...

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Record EkoLakay Installations

Last week, SOIL’s EkoLakay team installed a record 31 toilets in a single day. The majority of the toilets were installed in Quartier Morin, a neighborhood located on the national road between SOIL's waste treatment site and Cap-Haitien. We left the office in the morning planning to install 20 toilets in Quartier Morin, but as the installation team worked its way around the neighborhoods with a baskil full of toilets and installation materials, we attracted quite a bit of attention! "What is EkoLakay? How can I have one?" neighbors asked. The EkoLakay team is an ...

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Michael Jackson Welcomes EkoLakay to the Neighborhood!

A guest post from SOIL consultant and long-time friend, Anthony Kilbride: Michael Jackson once sang: "She was more like a beauty queen, from a movie scene,” but only in 2016 did we glean, that his muse was a SOIL EcoSan latrine! https://youtu.be/35rRn4JmDe0 How did we learn this? He showed up to a neighborhood block party in Port-au-Prince! Well, it was actually a local impersonator who lit up the Park Izmery stage with a blazing dance performance of MJ’s funky masterpiece, “Billie Jean.” He was just one of many guests who took the stage on a recent ...

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The Sanitation Saleswoman

Algate Joseph has been part of the SOIL team since 2012. She originally had a 1-month trial contract, which turned into years of dedicated contribution to SOIL’s mission. Because of her positive energy, tireless commitment to community engagement and education, and increased responsibility in the EkoLakay program, SOIL Cap-Haitien honored Algate as the employee of the month in January 2016! I interviewed Algate to see what drives her to work so hard to improve sanitation in her community. She doesn’t say so in the interview, but she brought in a whopping 227 new ...

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Toilet Design Update – EkoMobil!

Construction has been booming in northern Haiti along the corridor between Cap-Haitien and Ouanaminthe where the SOIL Cap-Haitien office and waste treatment site are located. The construction sites are managed by a combination of domestic and foreign companies and non-governmental organizations, and they are providing jobs to hundreds of Haitians. All of these people have to poop somewhere! SOIL is perfectly positioned, both geographically and strategically, to meet the demand for the short-term sanitation access required at these construction sites. SOIL's EkoMobil ...

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Student SOIL Advocates Build an Awareness Toilet

For the last four years, Miami Beach Senior High senior Cheldina Jean has been preparing to exhibit an Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) toilet in a public space to call attention to the fact that over 1/3 of the world’s population does not have access to improved sanitation and nearly one billion people are without safe drinking water. Cheldina learned about Ecological Sanitation by joining the high school service club, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods at Miami Beach Senior High, or SOIL@MBSH, and she has come to appreciate the ways in which EcoSan captures the ...

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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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