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 serve. SOIL stands in solidarity with the thousands of innocent people who lost their homes and belongings, and we recommit our organization to sustained social change.

The SOIL team is responding to current global challenges with characteristic resiliency and innovative determination. The SOIL office reopened in late June with significant adaptations to ensure our teams, customers and visitors are protected. Although it has been a hard few months, we are proud that we have continued to support local government officials with free public toilets and handwashing stations in Cap-Haitien’s main market, improved our collection routes through an automated routing program, provided uninterrupted service to our existing customers, and supported all of our staff through these months of hardship. At the beginning of July we were delighted to restart marketing and sales work, which will allow us to offer dignified in-home sanitation to new customers at a time when having access to in-home sanitation is more important than ever.

And while field operations slowed across the world over the past 4 months, we were grateful to push forward with some of our research partners – and we have some exciting news to share as a result of these collaborative efforts!  We are thrilled to share a newly published article in Nature Climate Change on research conducted over the past four years at SOIL’s composting facility in Cap-Haitien. The new research, led by SOIL’s academic partners Dr. Rebecca Ryals (UC Merced) and Gavin McNicol (Stanford University), reveals further groundbreaking climate benefits of our container-based sanitation service, and puts Haiti at the forefront of researching the sanitation – climate change nexus. The study represents an exciting breakthrough for climate mitigation and the sanitation sector as a whole, and opens up new potential for global inclusion and participation in the climate movement. You can access the full article here to learn more!

We want to thank you again for your continued support, friendship, and encouragement each and every month.  Our work is possible because of your commitment to building a more just, resilient future for Haiti and the world. Thank you.

With love from Haiti,

The SOIL team

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