Staff Reports


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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Don’t Take My Picture

“Don’t take my picture!” This was a phrase that I heard over and over while working on a case study video for SOIL with the New-York based filmmaker Monica Wise. Although this was Monica’s first trip to Haiti, she is both an experienced traveler and fearless behind the camera, spending hours at SOIL’s waste treatment site with a mask protecting her mouth, getting close and personal with the team while they dumped buckets of human waste. Nothing fazed her. “I can hide behind the camera. As long as I’m filming, I’m so focused on what I’m trying to ...

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Our Ambasadris

Her name is Joachim Gracius Philomene, but everyone knows her as Madame Bwa, or just Manman (the Creole word for "mother"). But no matter what you call her, the Ambasadris of SOIL North Haiti plays a crucial role in our work. Since the inception of SOIL in 2006, she has been spreading the word and helping change the health and sanitation of families throughout Cap-Haitien. She is met with respect and gratitude wherever she goes, and her word goes far with young and old alike. Madame Bwa is an inspirational community organizer in the neighborhood of Shada II, where she has ...

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Spreading Compost Love

Jean Delinoit works at SOIL as part of the agricultural team, helping to water the experimental gardens, take care of the animals, and working with the rest of the agriculture team on project implementation. He sees first-hand the benefits of SOIL compost in terms of soil amelioration and increases in food productivity. His dream is to further develop the area of Dubout (the area where he resides, and where our SOIL office is located) agriculturally, and to increase Haitian food culture and food security. Therefore, in his free time, he’s taken to working with a group of ...

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DNA Everywhere! (Or At Least From California to Haiti)

Safety is not something SOIL takes lightly. Haiti is battling the deadliest cholera epidemic in recent history, and diarrhea is the number one killer of children under five, so making sure that our waste treatment process kills off pathogens and results in safe compost is literally a matter of life and death. There are many components to SOIL's safety system, from training families in good hygiene and toilet maintenance practices, to implementing (and surpassing) the World Health Organization's standards for composting human waste, each integral to preventing the spread ...

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California Dreaming: SOIL's Agriculture Director Heads to Sustainable Farming Training

We are pleased to announce that our Cap-Haitien Agricultural Director, Romel Toussaint, has been awarded a scholarship to the Ecology Action six month internship! In this program, participants get involved in hands-on research in sustainable agriculture and closed-system food production using  GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. These practices maximize the effect of natural processes to improve sustainability and productivity. Double-dug beds, with soil loosened to a depth of 24 inches, aerate the soil, facilitate root growth, and improve water retention. Close plant ...

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Damning the Flood: SOIL’s Toilets Help Prevent Cholera During the Recent Flooding in Cap-Haitien

The rain started on the evening of November 8 and fell for 2 days straight.  A combination of deforested hillsides and inadequate drainage meant that the city of Cap Haitien was flooding within hours.  SOIL’s office in the center of downtown was surrounded by canals of dirty water, over 3 feet deep in some places, making it impossible to see the drainage holes and limiting pedestrian movement throughout the city.  We were very lucky in that our office is located on the second floor and sustained only minimal damage from leaking walls. The community of Shada where ...

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la Conférence sur l’Assainissement Durable

  SOIL et UNICEF  vous invitent à la Conférence sur l’Assainissement Durable qui se tiendra le mardi 12 et mercredi 13 juin 2012, á l’hôtel Ritz Kinam II á Pétion-ville. Cette conférence, organisée par SOIL, se rencontreront pour émettre des échanges d’idées et d’expériences dans ce secteur en Haiti.   (Read announcement in English). [learn_more caption="Logistique de la Conférence"] Calendrier Mardi et mercredi, 12 Juin et le 13 Juin 2012 Emplacement Ritz Kinam II Hotel, Pétion-ville, Haiti. Les Objectifs de la Conférence L’éc...

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New SOIL Waste Treatment Site for Cap-Haitien – Ground Breaking!

The paperwork is finalized, the legalization papers are stamped, the borders are defined, and now we’ve started construction! The newest SOIL waste treatment composting facility is located in Mochinette, a small village between urban Cap-Haitien and our demonstration farm site in Limonade. The area is beautiful: generally flat grassland with plenty of green shrubbery and mango trees dotting the landscape. In fact, there is a huge mango tree right on our site that provides shade for the drum run team to relax in during break-time and, even better, it's currently teeming ...

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Bobo Has Malaria

Bobo is back in Cotonou, Benin. His story is long and thus far not happy: After two attempts at leaving Benin to make the long journey back to Haiti, Bobo finally reached Madrid on Friday, only to be denied his onward journey to Havana. We are still trying to confirm details of why his trans-atlantic flight was denied, but it seems to be the fault of the airline, Air Europa, who claimed he did not have a ticket, even though we have all the valid documentation to prove the contrary. Without passage to Havana, Bobo was sent back to Cotonou by Royal Air Marok, via an ...

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