50 results for tag: Cap Haitien


Tèt Chaje! Lapli A Poko Jamn Fin Tonbe. Our Hearts Are Broken. The Rain Doesn't Stop.

Today was a sunny day in Port-au-Prince and the SOIL office there celebrated the arrival of new office chickens, but the rains kept pouring down in northern Haiti and Cap-Haitien's streets are flooding. Due to poor internet connection it took us most of the day to get these photos and videos uploaded. A Shada visit revealed flooded walkways, houses, and a lot of people bucketing water out of places where it shouldn't be. The adjacent river was higher than we have ever seen it, even making it's way to doorsteps across the way. Theo Huitema, our dear Regional Director, asks the world to please take note of the conditions in Cap-Haitien and pray for ...

Bringing the Toilets Home

Written by our friends at re.source – a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. See other blog posts by the re.source team here. We’re launching! We installed 25 toilets in Shada on October 30th, reaching a milestone we’ve been working toward for more than a year. It marks the culmination of many hours of design, prototyping, community meetings, surveying, training, ...

Theo Talks Episode 3: Sexing the Fish

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on another adventure in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 3, you'll see SOIL's Job Etienne, Nick Preneta and Sasha Kramer attempting to "sex" fish. In the background you'll see Theo's house, made out of a former compost bin, at the SOIL farm and tree nursery in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. We're still looking for a name for this beautiful site and we need you help. Enter a name suggestion in the Name the SOIL Tree Nursery and Farm Contest and you'll have a chance to win some great SOIL prizes! Check out the full Theo Talks series.

Theo Talks Episode 2: Cultivating Zaboka

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on another adventure in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 2, Theo gives a short, enjoyable tour of the young tree seedlings being cultivated at the SOIL nursery in Cap-Haitien. And speaking of the tree nursery... we need a new name for this nursery and we'd love to hear your suggestions! Enter a name suggestion in the SOIL Name the Tree Nursery Contest here and you might just win a SOIL 2013 calendar. Check out the full Theo Talks series.

Theo Talks Episode 1: A Sunrise Tour Through the SOIL Nursery in Cap-Haitien

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on the first (of many we hope) adventures in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 1, Theo will take you on a sunrise tour of the SOIL nursery outside of Cap-Haitien. Listen closely and you might hear some tree cocks! Do you want to support this effort to improve food security and reforestation in Haiti? Our friends at Trees, Water & People are helping expand the SOIL nursery with a campaign to plant 10,000 trees in Haiti. Learn more at the Trees, Water & People website. Check out the full Theo Talks series.

SOIL’s Regional Director Moves Into a Compost Bin!

That’s right, our beloved Regional Director, Theo Huitema, has now officially become a shining example of our organizational mission to transform wastes into resources by building his home inside our old compost bins in Limonade, northern Haiti. In January 2012, the mayor of Limonade asked SOIL to relocate our northern Haiti compost site in accordance with a new plan for the development of the region.  Although it was sad to leave behind our beautiful new compost bins, which had only been used for 4 months, we gladly obliged and have since established a new compost site on government land in the officially sanctioned waste treatment area. Not ...

Experiments in Composting: Po Pistach!

We are REALLY excited up here at the Cap-Haitien office about our new cover material: ground peanut shells! We have been using bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane production) for years, which has been doing the job, but perhaps not breaking down as fast as we would like. It’s important for us to have a carbon material that works well with feces to break down into compost in a timely manner, as now we are processing so many people’s “waste”. Because sugarcane production is a large portion of the Haitian agronomy sector, it’s been easy for us to obtain as much bagasse as we want. However, we have recently become good friends with Meds for Kids, ...

SOIL celebrates World Hand Washing Day in Shada

A special post from SOIL Board Member Jessica Lozier On Saturday October 15th, the SOIL team joined hands with the community of Shada to celebrate Universal Hand-Washing Day, a neighborhood where SOIL has worked for years.  Children and adults alike participated in the community celebration which included hand-washing demonstrations, the distribution of important sanitation information, and entertaining skits and songs performed by local community groups.  Of course no Haitian celebration would be complete without music, and the DJ had the crowd dancing and singing along with the performers and presenters.  SOIL’s favorite beneficiaries, ...

Update to Our Supporters

Dear friends, Tomorrow marks 6 months since the devastating earthquake. I wanted to take this evening to reflect on the past 6 months and to share with you some of our activities and challenges. It has been months since my last letter and I apologize for the lack of communication.  Since my last update in March our team has been working 50-60 hours per week on sanitation projects in both Port au Prince and Cap Haitien and it has been hard to find space for reflection and communication. It is late Sunday night and the moon is shining down on the capital, reflecting on the storm washed streets and plastic tarps as the city sleeps, reminding me of how ...

Phone Calls to Haiti

Dear Friends, I apologize for my silence over the last week or so.  I am just too devastated to be able to write anything coherent.  Kevin is recovering from malaria and is now able to spend more of a day off the couch than on it.  We are trying to keep in touch and do what we can from the US. I finally got through to Haiti by phone last night for the first time. Estimable Francius Dauphin, aka Jhonny, the mayor of Borgne, reports that people from Borgne who had been living in Port au Prince are starting to return to their families in the countryside. The mayor’s office sent a bus down to the capital to pick up survivors and came back with ...