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It's time to think outside the sewer, writes Alia Dharssi for Ozy in a new article on how sanitation practitioners like SOIL are leading the way for a global sanitation revolution.
"Globally, more than 1 billion people live in slums with inadequate or no toilets. That condition is spawning a health crisis, with research linking poor sanitation to the transmission of diseases like cholera, malnutrition and intestinal worms. Less than 10 percent of wastewater is treated in some countries such as Lebanon and Cambodia, according to a 2017 United ...
Since it was first published in 2015, SOIL's Human Resources Manual has served to guide, unite, protect, and inform SOIL’s staff. The manual, written in Haitian Kreyòl, contains 24 pages with topics ranging from vacation time to salaries, confidentiality, performance evaluation, conflict resolution, and so on. Even though each employee goes over the entirety of the manual with their supervisors, SOIL felt it was worth investing the time in providing even further clarification and training on one subject: workplace harassment.
After spending almost a year looking for ...
Here at SOIL we believe that part of why we have had the successes that we have in a country where too many projects struggle to deliver is, in part, due to our commitment to intentional collaboration.
SOIL is committed to working alongside global experts, local communities, and national stakeholders to develop solutions to one of the world’s most challenging crises. Whether it’s through the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance, or with Haitian government, we know that pooling expertise to coordinate efforts, improve implementation, and support knowledge-sharing is ...
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A little over a year ago SOIL collaborated with scientists Rebecca Ryals (University of California, Merced) and Gavin McNicol (University of Alaska Southeast) to install a weather station at our composting facility near the northern city of Cap-Haïtien.
Why a Weather Station?
First, we wanted to see if local weather conditions influence the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted during the composting process, which has been the primary focus of Becca and Gavin’s research with SOIL. We also wanted to start building a climate record for ...
Photo: Jorge Ribas of the Washington Post
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"With water shortages around the world, there’s growing interest in [SOIL's] approach," writes Nicholas Kristof today's column for the New York Times. Writing from the World Economic Forum's Conference in Davos, he explains that social entrepreneurs like SOIL offer an "inspiring window into what can be accomplished" in our world.
Read the article in The New York Times
"Sasha Kramer works in Haiti to address two fundamental problems: a lack of toilets and declining soil fertility. Her organization, SOIL, charges customers a few dollars a ...
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In light of President Trump's disparaging and racist remarks about Haiti and unnamed countries in Africa yesterday, our team felt strongly that we should address these comments head on. We were particularly appalled that a world leader would have the insensitivity to make such a statement on the eve of the earthquake that created the conditions necessitating the TPS program.
In SOIL’s 11-year history we have worked beside some of the strongest, bravest, and kindest people we have ever known. It is our privilege to work in this beautiful, ...
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In early 2017, a team of journalists from the BBC traveled to Haiti to report on SOIL's work to transform dangerous human waste into an environmental solution: lush, organic compost! In a follow up to the interview and video that they published last year, BBC World Hacks' radio show checks back in with SOIL during their latest episode.
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Listen to the podcast below to learn about how SOIL's toilets fared in the face of the flooding that followed Hurricane Irma and about the findings of an upcoming World Bank report on SOIL's ...
The SOIL team was surprised on the last Friday before SOIL's offices closed for the holidays when the particularly-jolly looking receptionist Merlande handed each member of SOIL's team a festive holiday card followed by the request to "sign here!" One after another, every SOIL employee opened the cards that read "Jwaye Nwèl" (Merry Christmas in Haitian Creole) across the front, and quickly understood that we were being asked to sign for a generous end-of-the-year bonus.
Usually Fridays carry a more giddy mood than other work days, but this Friday’s mood was particu...