9 results for tag: COVID19


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 ...

A Devastating Blow to Haiti’s Most Vulnerable

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the complete destruction of the Shada II neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, the community where SOIL first launched our work in 2004. On Monday, June 15, the entire community, home to more than 1,500 families, was razed by tractors and heavy machinery. Community members have reported receiving no warning about the impending destruction of their homes. SOIL has a long history of working in and partnering with the Shada II community, and without their support and feedback we would never be where we are today. We have staff who have lived in Shada for decades, and SOIL provides household toilet service to more ...

June Newsletter: COVID-19 Response in Haiti and Latest News

Read SOIL's June newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. This month, we want to take a moment before our regular updates to acknowledge the vitally necessary action taking place in the United States and across the world. We stand in solidarity with Black communities and activists around the globe working to reimagine a world without the systemic racism and police brutality that have gone unchecked for centuries. These injustices are rooted in the colonial histories that continue to plague the world; Haiti is a beacon of Black independence and revolution, and it is ...

SEE Change Magazine talks with SOIL on how COVID-19 is Impacting the Most Vulnerable

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang “Imagine if a public toilet was your only sanitation option. In the best of times it’s a scary and unpleasant choice. Now imagine being asked to stay home when you don’t have a toilet in-house.” Journalist and Co-Founder of SEE Change Magazine, Elisa Birnbaum, spent some time last month speaking with SOIL’s own Sasha Kramer about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the vulnerable communities in Haiti that SOIL works alongside to provide household sanitation services. The article takes a look at how SOIL and other organizations have had to adjust to the recent challenges caused by the pandemic, as ...

Global Collaboration Amidst a Pandemic

CBSA members gather at a conference in Kenya, 2018 It is in times of crisis we are reminded of the power of collaboration and the critical importance of networks of support. As frontline workers across the globe, from bus drivers to nurses to sanitation service providers, work tirelessly to protect their communities in the face of the pandemic, we have never been more grateful for our partners in the Container-based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA). The CBSA was formed in 2017 with a shared vision of a world where access to dignified, safe and affordable sanitation is no longer out of reach for families and communities in dense urban areas. Since that time ...

Earth Week: Your Gift Goes Further

  This week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our friends at Global Giving are matching donations to SOIL up to $500 by 50%! As SOIL works in the face of mounting challenges to nurture health, safety, and equitable access to critical services in some of Haiti’s most vulnerable communities, we invite you to join us in solidarity by making a gift of any size today. Click here to learn more and to give a gift that goes further.   Learn more about how SOIL is responding to COVID-19 to protect our colleagues, customers, and communities while ensuring that we continue to provide lifesaving sanitation services to the families ...

Nou la, We are Here

SOIL sanitation service collection in the Fort St. Michel neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, Haiti - February 2020. Credit: Etant Dupain. Pou jwenn enfòmasyon konsènan sou COVID-19, swiv lyen sa a. Read SOIL's April newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list.  Dear Friends, Earlier this week, SOIL’s Human Resources Director Wisner Jean Louis shared, “People continue to use toilets, so we will continue to be here.” This sentiment captures the heart of SOIL’s work during the ongoing pandemic. Today, when staying home is the best way to save lives, the ...

Enfòmasyon sou COVID-19

Yon nouvo viris yo rele COVID-19 (Nouvo Kowonaviris) lan se yon viris respiratwa yo te detekte pou premye fwa nan vil Wuhan, Pwovens Hubei, peyi Lachin. Nouvo viris sa a te pwovoke enfeksyon konfime plizyè milye moun nan tout mond nan. Nan denye jou sa yo, viris la rive simaye sou tout latè. Sa vle di, se yon viris ki sikilè de moun an moun, de vil an vil, e de peyi an peyi. Kijan kowonaviris la simaye? Kowonaviris yo se viris respiratwa epi li simaye anjeneral atravè sekresyon respiratwa (tankou ti gout lè moun touse epi estène) yon moun ki enfekte ki antre an kontak ak yon lòt moun. Lasyans poko gen tout enfòmasyon osijè fason nouvo ...

How SOIL is Responding to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact people around the world, we wanted to reach out to our community and share an update from SOIL’s operations on the ground in Haiti. Though there has yet to be a confirmed case of the virus in Haiti, our neighbors in the Dominican Republic have begun to report cases with an alarming frequency. While we are closely monitoring the situation in-country, SOIL’s team is working around the clock to prepare a robust organizational response to protect our colleagues, customers, and communities.   As we focus SOIL’s efforts on increasing resilience through the most critical elements of our work, safety is our ...