78 results for tag: ecological sanitation


SOIL Featured in PBS Series Human: The World Within

We have exciting news to share! SOIL’s innovative sanitation solution was just featured in the new PBS series, HUMAN: The World Within. The six-part series is an unprecedented expedition into the vast universe inside of us all. The episode spotlighting SOIL’s work in Haiti is titled FUEL and recently aired on May 12th. This particular episode explores the human gut and its various functions through diverse examples including an ultra-marathon runner, a religious faster, a young girl suffering from allergies, and SOIL’s waste-to-resource sanitation approach. In addition to discussing the complexities of our internal environment, the episode ...

Climate Risks: Understanding Haiti’s Climate Vulnerability

photo credit Vic Hinterlang As we celebrate Earth Day this year and acknowledge all that our planet has to offer, it’s important to also remember what we are up against. Our ongoing exploitative transactional relationship with the Earth’s environment has resulted in the rapid depletion of natural resources, animal extinctions, forest destruction, increased natural disasters and pandemics. Vulnerable communities, like those we serve in Haiti, suffer disproportionately from these occurrences and it's important we shed a light on the true climate risks these populations are experiencing and will continue to face. Though Haiti’s geographical ...

SOIL x Reel Video: What does water mean to you?

 This year on World Water Day, we were excited to collaborate with one of our incredible Give-Back Partners, Reel Paper. SOIL’s CEO and co-founder, Dr. Sasha Kramer, and board members, Johnny Cèlestin and Ingrid Henrys, sat down with members of the Reel team, including co-founder, Derin Oyekan, for an inspiring conversation on World Water Day. As organizations driven by the need for climate-positive and inclusive solutions to sanitation, World Water Day is especially important to us and the work that we do. SOIL began partnering with California-based brand, Reel Paper, early last year as a beneficiary of their socially impactful Give-Back ...

Debunking Urban Sanitation Myths

Around the globe, an estimated 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation (UNICEF, 2018); meaning human waste goes untreated with the potential to contaminate precious water resources and the environment.  The magnitude of the sanitation crisis is extreme and exposure to untreated and poorly managed waste can have a devastating impact on public health and the environment.  In Haiti, a country where just 1% of all waste is safely treated, the lack of access to safely managed sanitation means far too many people die of preventable waterborne disease. Every day SOIL works to address the urgent necessity of dignified and reliable ...

Client Story: Meet Augulia Cemeran

SOIL client, Augulia Cemeran at 2020 World Toilet Day event. If you’re one of the 3.3 million people living in urban Haiti who does not have a toilet, you have very few options available to you. Haitian cities, like many rapidly growing urban areas globally, have no sewer system. Flush toilets are expensive and mostly unaffordable for impoverished households in that they require a costly septic tank, a steady supply of water, and are not always suitable for high water table areas. A more common option, pit latrines, are also expensive to construct, susceptible to flooding, and do not safely treat waste . To bridge the gap in accessible sanitation ...

A Vision for the Future: The Circular Economy Model

In 2006, SOIL began working to provide safe, dignified access to in-home sanitation in Haiti, through our EkoLakay toilet service. Since then, the situation in Haiti, and the world at large, has become increasingly complicated. The dread of climate change has become an indisputable reality, exacerbating preexisting vulnerabilities, including the global sanitation crisis. Both the impacts of climate change and the pressing need to find sustainable solutions that make our planet and people more resilient have helped to frame SOIL’s model. Since its founding, SOIL has sought to revolutionize the approach to sanitation by piloting a circular ...

October 2020 Newsletter: Haiti’s long history in the fight for social justice

Dear Friend, We wanted to take some time this month to acknowledge the incredible collective action we have witnessed this year, with protests around the world highlighting the ongoing struggle for social justice and accountability.  As an organization based in Haiti and run by a community of Haitian staff, board members, partners, beneficiaries and donors, over the years our team has borne witness to similar calls for action and protests against policies and complex systems of power that disadvantage the majority of Haitians. Haiti’s long history of collective political action can be traced back to its independence from France in 1804 – when ...

Entèvyou ak direktè jeneral lameri Okap

Direktè jeneral lameri Okap, Carry Hyppolite, bò kote Manadjè Senyò SOIL, Romel Toussaint SOIL te gen opòtinite pou li te rankontre ak Carry Hyppolite, yon ekonomis e direktè jeneral meri Okap, pou yo pale de relasyon SOIL ak meri a epi de sitiyasyon sanitè nan rejyon Nò peyi Dayiti.  Hyppolite fet nan vil Okap e li temwen de chanjman ke agrandisman popilasyon an pote nan vil la pandan ane yo. Nan fen ane 1980 yo te gen anpil ayisyen ki kite zòn riral pou yo al rete nan zòn iben yo, akòz pat gen ase travay ak opòtinite pou yo viv nan zòn riral yo – sa vin lakoz degradasyon anviwònman an ak rediksyon pwodiktivite tè yo, sa te fè e ...

SOIL Partners: An Interview with the Director General of Cap-Haitien’s city hall

Director General of City Hall, Carry Hyppolite, alongside SOIL's Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint SOIL recently had the opportunity to catch up with, Carry Hyppolite, economist and Director General of City Hall in Cap-Haitien to talk about City Hall’s partnership with SOIL and the sanitation situation in Northern Haiti. Hyppolite, a native of Cap-Haitien has witnessed first-hand the changes that increasing population density has brought to the city over the years. The late 1980s brought a large wave of migration of Haitians from rural to urban areas, due to loss of employment and subsistence livelihood opportunities in rural areas – resulting from ...

An Interview with Entre Nous: A Big Problem in Haiti – the Environment

Haiti's environmental issues recently caught the attention of Entre Nous journalist Vladimir Laguerre, who sat down to speak with SOIL’s Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint and Sakala’s Co-founder, Daniel Tillias (and member of SOIL’s Board of Directors), to learn more about the work the two organizations are doing to address environmental and human rights issues in Haiti.   Both SOIL and Sakala have been working in Haiti for over a decade to promote human rights, environmental protection, and sustainable urban communities. SOIL’s household toilet and ecological sanitation model provides dignified and safely managed sanitation service to ...