Newsletters


June 2022 Newsletter: Haiti in the News – Understanding the Historical Context

Aerial view of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. As an organization working in Haiti for over 15 years, we have become very familiar with the term “Haitian resilience” as an expression to capture the enduring spirit and strength of Haitians amidst the ongoing challenges faced by the small island nation.  However, this term doesn’t even begin to  capture the two centuries of determination for social justice and equality that have been obstructed by the prevailing global powers and the continued economic colonization of the country. We see Haitian resilience everyday, in forms ...

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Happy Earth Day!

Our mission is rooted in making the planet a better place for all of us. This takes bold, innovative ideas and actions that protect both the people and the planet we inhabit. We hope you join us this Earth Day in supporting SOIL’s work to provide safely-managed sanitation service to support climate-resilient solutions for Haiti, and around the globe. How does SOIL’s container-based sanitation service protect the planet? Water conservation SOIL’s household toilet conserves more than 19,000 gallons of scarce water resources each year relative to a flush toilet. ...

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October 2020 Newsletter: Haiti’s long history in the fight for social justice

Dear Friend, We wanted to take some time this month to acknowledge the incredible collective action we have witnessed this year, with protests around the world highlighting the ongoing struggle for social justice and accountability.  As an organization based in Haiti and run by a community of Haitian staff, board members, partners, beneficiaries and donors, over the years our team has borne witness to similar calls for action and protests against policies and complex systems of power that disadvantage the majority of Haitians. Haiti’s long history of collective ...

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July Newsletter: Announcing a new climate-positive study

Dear Friends, The SOIL team recently shared a statement about the destruction of the Shada II neighborhood in Cap-Haitien, a community that SOIL has worked with since our founding in 2006, and that many of our supporters know well. We wanted to take this opportunity to share our statement again to ensure that everyone has a chance to read it. At this critical moment, when the world is grappling with the combined public health emergencies of COVID-19 and systemic racism, we feel it is critical that we call attention to human rights issues that impact the communities we ...

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June Newsletter: COVID-19 Response in Haiti and Latest News

Read SOIL's June newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. This month, we want to take a moment before our regular updates to acknowledge the vitally necessary action taking place in the United States and across the world. We stand in solidarity with Black communities and activists around the globe working to reimagine a world without the systemic racism and police brutality that have gone unchecked for centuries. These injustices are rooted in the colonial histories that continue to ...

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May Newsletter: Honoring Mothers Amidst COVID

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Read SOIL's May newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Dear friends, This month at SOIL, we are feeling a profound appreciation for mothers. As we celebrate Mother’s Day in the US and as Mother’s Day approaches in Haiti, we are reminded anew of the incredible power mothers can have to impact the lives of their families and their communities. It is often mothers who make decisions about health, sanitation, and hygiene in their homes and for their ...

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Nou la, We are Here

SOIL sanitation service collection in the Fort St. Michel neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, Haiti - February 2020. Credit: Etant Dupain. Pou jwenn enfòmasyon konsènan sou COVID-19, swiv lyen sa a. Read SOIL's April newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list.  Dear Friends, Earlier this week, SOIL’s Human Resources Director Wisner Jean Louis shared, “People continue to use toilets, so we will continue to be here.” This sentiment captures the heart of SOIL’s work during the ...

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10 Years of Iterative Improvement and Resiliency

Read SOIL's February newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Dear Friends, Ten years ago this month, SOIL’s small Cap-Haïtien team was working around the clock in Haiti’s capital city to mount an emergency response to the earthquake that had struck a few weeks prior. SOIL’s immediate response was focused on emergency relief efforts like food and water distributions as well as transport and translation services for medical care, but we quickly returned to the ...

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A decade later, we remember

Dear Friends, Here in Haiti, this weekend is one of collective reflection and remembrance. Sunday marks 10 years since the earthquake struck, changing millions of lives here and around the world. As the sun was setting at 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010, the streets of Haiti bustled with the energy and hope of a new decade. Families made their way home at the end of a long day, tap taps crawled through the winding streets, the National Palace and cathedral cast proud shadows over the capital city. In less than a minute, the dream of a new decade was shattered as Port...

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Enduring Hope

A household on SOIL's toilet service in Cap-Haitien Haiti
Read SOIL's December newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. As the year comes to a close and our team reflects on what we have been able to accomplish together, we are moved by both profound gratitude and enduring hope. The year has been a difficult one for our staff, for our community, and for the country we all love so dearly. It has also presented a powerful reminder of the importance of solidarity, the necessity of transformative change, and the strength of SOIL’s ...

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