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SOIL Logo Crosses the Globe

As we shared a few months ago, SOIL friends and supporters Drew and Scott Gurian have spent the past twelve weeks accomplishing an impressive and unique feat: driving 11,000 miles through 19 countries in a tiny car. They were participating in an annual event called the Mongol Rally, and at SOIL we were honored to journey with them on the side of that very tiny car. The Gurian brothers were rallying not just for the adventure, but also to show their support for SOIL and fundraise along the way. Check out their podcast about why they chose to support SOIL, and listen to other episodes to learn more about their adventures during the Mongol Rally. Last ...

SOIL Publishes its first Annual Report!

Today we are thrilled to present SOIL's first Annual Report! For the SOIL team, this project represented a great opportunity to demonstrate to all of our friends just how dedicated to our programming we are. Over 95% of our funds go directly to our impactful projects that are designed to bring long-term, sustainable benefits to the people we work with in Haiti. So much so that we've never even set enough aside to prepare an annual report! But now, thanks to the hard work of our incredible new friend Meagan Choi, a volunteer graphic designer, we have finally been able to invest the time in putting together this stunning report. It is our great ...

Send Nick to Durban!

Help us send SOIL’s Deputy Director to Durban, South Africa! Nick Preneta has been invited to present on SOIL’s behalf at the Faecal Sludge Management Conference later this month. This is a fantastic opportunity to continue spreading the word about SOIL’s unique and effective utilization of EcoSan technology to provide essential services throughout Haiti, simultaneously combatting two of the country’s worst problems: lack of sanitation and environmental degradation. Additionally, the conference is a unique chance for SOIL to plug in to a primarily research-focused community, helping move us towards our goal of conducting more research and ...

May 2012 Newsletter: South Africa, Haiti, Sanitation and Friends

Dear friends of SOIL, I am writing to you from South Africa where I have been exchanging ideas with Durban's municipal authority who are currently operating the world's largest ecological sanitation project. I have learned so much from this exchange and am so grateful to all of the organizations, individuals and government representatives who have warmly received us. I have also been deeply inspired by the realization that, though there are many laudable projects happening throughout the world, SOIL's work remains at the cutting edge of the field. Our emergency sanitation projects uniquely provide a safe and ecological option to displaced communiti...

October 2011: Great news from Port-au-Prince!

Dear friends and supporters, I am ashamed that this letter is so long in coming.  I know that the last time we wrote to you SOIL was facing a major crisis and I am so grateful to those of you who reached out to us during that difficult time.  I know that many of you may have been wondering if we still exist and I am thankful to be able to share good news with you in this letter. In mid June just when we were certain that we would have to close our Port-au-Prince office and cut off our emergency services, a miracle happened.  An old friend of mine put me in touch with a foundation in Palo Alto, California called the 11th Hour Project.  After ...

A Visitor’s Update: SOIL’s Response to the Cholera Epidemic

Dear Friends of SOIL, I flew into Haiti yesterday morning  to see my friend Leah (SOIL's Development Director). Within a few hours of my arrival in Port-au-Prince, Leah brought me to the tent city in Cite Soleil where her organization, SOIL, has been installing toilets and rainwater-fed hand washing facilities. SOIL has been building ecological sanitation solutions in Haiti for four years, but their organization has quadrupled since the earthquake in January as they’ve been building public toilets in camps that are serving over 25,000 people with basic sanitation services. As you may have heard, there has just been a confirmed outbreak of ...

Essence: An Insider's Guide To Donating To Haiti

By Alexandra Phanor-Faury, Essence, February 2, 2010 Many of us have been moved by the heartbreaking images and stories out of Haiti following the earth-shattering quake and have donated money and goods. There have been so many non-profits accepting donations for Haiti, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what organizations are credible and which ones will put our dollars to work in Haiti now. The many reports of relief aid still piled up at the airport not making its way to those in need makes donating even that more confusing. Nevertheless, we know that there are organizations who are working tirelessly to help the hundreds of thousands ...

The New York Times: A Most Meaningful Gift Idea by Nicholas D. Kristof

By Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times December 23, 2009 Are the kids demanding the latest murder-and-mayhem video game? Do your loved ones have all the neckties/bottles of perfume/sweaters that can be used in a lifetime? Tired of celebrating spiritual holidays with crass commercialism? If so, then perhaps it’s time to try a different kind of gift. After all, nothing says “happy holidays” like donating in Aunt Tilda’s name to build a composting toilet in Haiti or to deworm kids in Kenya. And a deworming pill will never be regifted! This time of year I’m always barraged with inquiries about well-run charitable groups doing effect...