November 2013 Newsletter: Harvest Time!
The harvest is always an exciting time, when months of hard work and attentive care finally pay off. This month we’re excited to share with you just a few of the ways that we’ve recently seen SOIL’s work bear fruit.
With love from Haiti,
Food Security in Haiti
These gorgeous “piman pike” (hot peppers) were harvested from our experimental farm on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince this month. These peppers are not only delicious, they provide us with valuable data too! Our hard-working agronomy team conducts experiments to test the efficacy of SOIL’s EcoSan compost and other low-cost sustainable farming techniques to improve food security in Haiti. Read more.
Women Entrepreneurs and Business Innovation
SOIL continues to reduce the costs of household sanitation services in Haiti by supporting community-led innovation. Read more about SOIL’s latest efforts to inspire cost-saving design improvements and support women carpenter collectives.
SOIL Supporters for the Win
Last month, we shared with you that SOIL had been named a top 10 finalist in a Nature Conservancy / Rare Conservation contest recognizing promising efforts to help vulnerable communities reduce environmental risk and adapt to climate change. And thanks to your votes, SOIL Agricultural Director Jean-Marie Noel, proudly accepted the People’s Choice Award at the recent award ceremony in Washington, D.C., bringing home $20,000 to support sanitation, agriculture, and reforestation in Haiti. Read more.
World Handwashing Day – A Two Week Celebration!
After months of planning, SOIL couldn’t confine their World Handwashing Day celebration to just October 15th – so we celebrated for two whole weeks! We reached over 1,000 kids in 12 different schools with the message that washing their hands with soap and water can save lives. Read more.
Our Compost Piles Are Growing!
This month we also started testing out a harvest of a very different sort: gathering leftover scraps from the vegetable market! We’re proud that Port-au-Prince is going to lead the way in large-scale municipal composting.. in more ways then one! Read more.