17 results for tag: emergency response


Final Earthquake Response Update

  SOIL has been working in Haiti for over 15 years and throughout that time, we've learned many lessons. From then until now, there is one lesson that resonates the most, and that is the importance of working in partnership with communities in everything we do. Community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti. It is imperative that Haitians are able to respond to the needs of their communities because oftentimes, outside actors don’t know the reality of what the population really needs.- Rea Dol, long-time SOIL partner and ...

SOIL’s community-led earthquake response: Interview with Réa Dol

SOIL Co-founder Baudeler Magloire with Rea Dol and partners preparing emergency response supplies. SOIL was founded in the spirit of working side-by-side with communities to build ecological sanitation solutions that could be community-led. That principle idea of community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti.   This approach allowed SOIL to immediately respond to the overwhelming need for support and emergency supplies following the devastating earthquake in August. Through our long-time community partners and deep roots in ...

Earthquake Response Update

Structural damage to home after earthquake (left). Chlorine distribution for water treatment (right).  We want to thank our incredible SOIL community for your generosity and support over this past week in response to the earthquake in southern Haiti. This outpouring of support has enabled SOIL to quickly purchase emergency supplies and coordinate a team of local first responders to bring necessities to the affected areas. We are proud to partner with some of our long time collaborators and community leaders from the south who are from Jeremie and Roche a Bateau, and have accompanied SOIL in our response to the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lessons from the Earthquake: Transitioning from Emergency to Development

January 12, 2015: In Haiti today is a day to mourn, but it is also a day to reflect on what we have learned as a result of the earthquake that destroyed the capital five years ago. At SOIL, the earthquake taught us how to respond quickly and compassionately in the face of acute suffering. It taught us to be flexible and responsive in our programming. Most importantly, it taught us about the fragile balance between serving those in need and creating dependence. In 2010 we watched in gratitude and awe at the outpouring of international support for Haiti. We honor the thousands of volunteers and humanitarians who dedicated their time and energy to ...

New Clear Vision: "Hope and Remembrance"

Re-Posted from www.oursoil.org to New Clear Vision on January 22, 2013 Dear Friends, I am writing this letter at 3:53 pm on January 12, 2013. Three years ago today, Port au Prince was bustling with activity as people spilled into the streets from work and school. Mothers returned home after a long day of working under the hot sun, fathers greeted their children with tired eyes, neighbors shared warm handshakes and laughed away the day’s challenges. One hour later the city collapsed and over 300,000 of these mothers, fathers, children and neighbors were lost in an instant. Last night at the stroke of midnight the hills around our house in Port ...

SOIL On Track to Meet Clinton Global Initiative Commitments

As one of the only organizations providing complete sanitation in Haiti - toilets and treatment - SOIL takes its commitments to increasing sanitation access very seriously. In 2011 we applied, and were accepted, to the Clinton Global Initiative's Haiti Action Network. We have used this forum to publicly state our objectives for increasing sanitation access and to support an international initiative to increase accountability for international organizations in Haiti. Today I'm proud to announce that SOIL successfully achieved their CGI commitment of providing clean and dignified sanitation to 20,000 people living in Port-au-Prince’s IDP camps and ...