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An EkoLakay Update!

Since I wrote about the Port-au-Prince launch of SOIL’s EkoLakay service, things have been B-U-S-Y! With an initial goal of serving 50 families (and 500 by the end of 2016) the Port-au-Prince office has a lot of work to do to get off the ground. We started with a community survey covering three of five neighborhoods in Ti Plas Kazo, a community adjacent to our Port-au-Prince office where we hope to start offering the EkoLakay service. The goal of the survey was to get a better idea of the demographic makeup of the community, learn about the availability and type of ...

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Dubout Soccer Team Biding Their Time for a Comeback

When you walk into SOIL’s Cap-Haitien office, you won’t miss the beautiful trophy in place of pride next to the SOIL mission statement. While SOIL has won plenty of accolades for our work in ecological sanitation, this particular trophy is actually a symbol of the team’s other passion and area of expertise: soccer. Last summer, the Cap-Haitien office faced off against the local champions, the Dubout Sport Club. Dubout had recently won a regional tournament in Caracol and had taken home the trophy – the trophy that the “Ekip SOIL” (SOIL Team) then seized ...

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Waste is a Verb, Not a Noun

What is “waste”? Based on which values do we classify something as waste? Do we think certain things are gross or dirty because they are dangerous? The journalist Rose George recently wrote that even though worms are harmless, we are disgusted by them because they remind us of parasites, which are dangerous. Or is the reaction of disgust all cultural, as some anthropologists would have it? The anthropologist Mary Douglas pointed out that context has a lot to do with how we view and classify objects. For example, full head of hair on a woman is considered beautiful, ...

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SOIL EcoSan Training April 1

[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 Wednesday, April 1, 2015 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 ...

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SOIL Fòmasyon 1 Avril

[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: Mekredi, 1 Avril 2015, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens Lang: Nou espere nou gen ase patispan pou ofri atelye sa ni an angle, ni an kreyol. Nou ka indike na ...

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Katy the Carpenter Making it Happen

Katy Miliane laughed when I asked if her two-women toilet manufacturing cooperative had a name. “No,” she said, “this is just something that I do.” And she does it well, winning multiple construction bids from SOIL and producing over 80 ecological sanitation (EcoSan) ferrocement toilets in the past year. Last year, SOIL’s Cap-Haitien Technical Director Josaphat Augustin invited women from the nearby towns of Dubout and Limonade to participate in a two-week toilet construction training course. After the course, Katy and her partner Rosie were ready to start ...

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The little bacteria that could

I attended Reed College, the same alma mater of SOIL’s executive director and co-founder, Sasha Kramer. Reed students celebrate “Nitrogen Day” every year because it is arguably one of the coolest elements on the periodic table. One of the reasons why it’s a superstar element is that it’s essential to life: humans and other organisms need nitrogen to make amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, DNA, and RNA (pretty important stuff). And even though the air we breathe is mostly nitrogen (nitrogen gas makes up 78% of the atmosphere), our bodies can’t ...

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Equip SOIL for Success: We Need Your Help!

SOIL is busy these days! In Port-au-Prince, the office is buzzing with plans for rolling out the EkoLakay service, and in Cap-Haitien, SOIL staff are working at full speed to build and install over 100 household toilets every month. To keep up with these exciting developments, we need your help to meet five specific needs: new uniforms, improving our solar-power system, purchasing a new Poopmobile moto, grinding cover material to "flush" our toilets, and installing a solar-powered water pump. All of these activities are critical to the smooth and efficient scale-up of ...

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Sanitation in Schools

Schools need toilets. This may sound like a no-brainer, but the reality is that many schools in Haiti, and elsewhere in developing countries, lack safe, private, dignified places for students to go to the bathroom. According to Human Rights Watch, in Haiti "most students and teachers have nowhere to relieve themselves, wash their hands with soap, obtain clean water, or, for women and girls, maintain menstruation hygiene. Where facilities do exist, they may not be sufficient in number, may not function, or may not be clean or safe. Nearly 60 percent of schools lack ...

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EkoLakay: Meeting Social Needs through Business

You may have read that SOIL is excited to launch our EkoLakay service in Port-au-Prince in the coming weeks, and if you’ve been a fan of SOIL for a while, you know that this has been a long time coming! But if you’re new around here, you may not know what all the fuss is about! Here’s the rundown on a few questions you might have: Um, what IS "EkoLakay"? Simply put, EkoLakay is the social business model that SOIL is piloting to develop an ecologically and economically sustainable solution to the problem of sanitation access in Haiti. The brand name EkoLakay comes ...

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