Newsletters


Our Doors Stay Open – An Update from Haiti

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Read SOIL's November newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. “Despite the circumstances, SOIL’s doors are staying open” shared our sanitation coordinator Algate Joseph. While communities in Haiti continue to navigate a devastating economic and political crisis, another month has passed without significant improvement. The majority of schools in the country have yet to reopen while many service providers, hospitals, and businesses have closed – in some cases, perman...

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Courage and Persistence

Read SOIL's October newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up to our mailing list. “The courage of my colleagues is inexplicable,” shared SOIL’s Wisner Jean-Louis on a call from Cap-Haïtien early yesterday morning. “The entire team is driven to do what they can to keep SOIL’s service running through the crisis as if we weren’t in the midst of one.” Unfortunately, in the "midst of a crisis" is truly the only way to describe the situation right now. When we shared an update with ...

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September 2014 Newsletter: Thank You for Investing in Us

Dear friends, Looking for a job in Haiti can be a heartbreakingly difficult task. Every year thousands of talented young people graduate from Haiti’s universities trained in agronomy, engineering, economics, education, and medicine, yet, despite their eager efforts, their chances of finding a good job are extremely limited. According to the Economist, “around three-quarters of Haitians are either unemployed or try to make ends meet in the informal economy.” Supporting sustainable market-based solutions in Haiti is critical to supporting Haiti’s long-term ...

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June 2014 Newsletter: Honoring Exploration

Dear friends and fellow explorers, This is a special week in Washington as National Geographic celebrates the 2014 class of the Emerging Explorer's Program, which honored SOIL’s work in 2011.  Following the example of National Geographic the SOIL team would like to use this month’s newsletter to celebrate the explorer in all of us.  We are so proud to be part of a team that is pushing the limits of exploration, each in our own special way. We gratefully acknowledge the work of the amazing Madame Bwa, our teacher and guide who shares her insights about the condit...

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May 2014 Newsletter: The Best Time of Year

Dear friends,  Last week was International Compost Awareness Week, but here at SOIL, the celebration continues! From the rave reviews of sustainable agriculture educators ("There is no doubt in our minds about the positive effects on adding compost to enrich the soil in terms of healthy growth and increased production of vegetables... We continue to be impressed by what SOIL is doing and the impact it is making for the people in Haiti"), to a friend sharing photos of her new rooftop garden, and promising results from a compost testing lab, we're so excited about ...

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April 2014 Newsletter: Carnival, Social Entrepreneurship, and Permaculture

Dear friends, Welcome to the long-awaited springtime! There are a lot of exciting things happening at SOIL this spring and we hope you take a few minutes to check out the most recent highlights below. ' Also, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed during the first two days of our Spring Challenge. Please help us reach our goal of expanding SOIL's sanitation service, doubling our waste treatment operation, testing SOIL compost on four new crops, and teaching 500 more practitioners about how to replicate SOIL's successes in their own communities. It's an ambitious ...

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March 2014 Newsletter: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Dear Friends, Just a few short months ago, we wrote to you about how the SOIL team has transformed a section of Trutier in the Port-au-Prince city dump. While we’re happy to have created a lovely, lush little outpost in the sea of trash and rubble, we’re even prouder of what happens there every day: thousands of pounds of human waste are slowly being transformed into rich, organic compost. Unfortunately, all of our hard work at Trutier recently came under fire – literally. The private company which was helping to operate the landfill lost financing and pulled ...

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February 2014 Newsletter: Donations to SOIL Matched

Dear Friends, SOIL is currently treating over 20,000 gallons of waste per month, transforming it into rich, organic compost critical for rebuilding Haiti's soil. But we want to do more! We dream of doubling the capacity of our EcoSan waste treatment sites in order to increase access to critical safe sanitation services in Haiti and to produce thousands of gallons more compost every year to help grow more food and plant more trees in Haiti. Can you help us? Today starting at 9 am EST, all donations to SOIL's new organic compost project on Global Giving will be matched by ...

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January 2014 Newsletter: Resilient as the Soil

This is a land so vibrant and alive that laugher will come bursting through as imperious as the sun and the spirit will survive resilient as the soil. - Dennis Brutus 1978 ”Love; the Struggle”   Dennis Brutus, a visionary poet and courageous activist, was also a founding member of the SOIL advisory board. Dennis’ lifetime struggle for justice inspired SOIL’s philosophy of liberation ecology and I often look to his writings for guidance.  While reflecting on the 4th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I remembered Dennis’ poem, Love; the Struggle. ...

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December 2013 Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends, The holiday season makes us particularly grateful for family, and that has certainly been the case with our SOIL family this month.  Opportunities to support one another have abounded - from our Cap-Haitien team moving to their new office to the Port-au-Prince staff pitching in at the compost site. This truly is a group of people who care deeply for one another and the communities in which we work. We're also grateful for the greater SOIL family, for the love and solidarity of our supporters around the world. We never cease to be amazed that so many of ...

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