14 results for tag: community


Our Ambasadris

Her name is Joachim Gracius Philomene, but everyone knows her as Madame Bwa, or just Manman (the Creole word for "mother"). But no matter what you call her, the Ambasadris of SOIL North Haiti plays a crucial role in our work. Since the inception of SOIL in 2006, she has been spreading the word and helping change the health and sanitation of families throughout Cap-Haitien. She is met with respect and gratitude wherever she goes, and her word goes far with young and old alike. Madame Bwa is an inspirational community organizer in the neighborhood of Shada II, where she has lived for 36 years with her 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Many of our readers ...

SOIL Letters: From Shada to SOIL's Supporters

[box type="shadow"]SOIL Letters is a blog series featuring some of the beautiful letters we've received over the years in support of the work we're doing in Haiti.[/box] Dear Friends, Many of you who have supported us through the years are familiar with the community of Shada. Some of you may have even been lucky enough to visit and meet some of our amazing friends and colleagues there who are working tirelessly to create change in their community. Shada is home to over 1,200 families, covering about 2.5 square kilometers of land along the river that passes through Cap Haitien. Sanitation coverage is almost non-existent and the community is subject ...

Theo Talks Episode 4: Raising Cholera Awareness with Madanm Bwa

Join Regional Director Theo on his latest Adventure in EcoSan as he journeys through the streets of Shada with longtime SOIL friend and community activist Madanm Bwa, raising awareness about the risks of cholera and methods to prevent its transmission. The message that Madanm Bwa brings is especially important in the wake of so much flooding in Northern Haiti, raising the risks of contracting cholera, and making prevention even more difficult. Check out the video below! Check out the full Theo Talks series.

A Community-Driven Design Process for Household Toilets in Shada

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. Even as we’re looking to start piloting our collection service with one of our existing designs, we’re always working to design a better toilet.  To that end, Sebastien loaded a few models, prototypes, and concepts into the truck with ...