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Piti Piti Zwazo Fè Nich Li

Piti Piti Zwazo Fè Nich Li “Little by little the bird makes its nest.” –Haitian Proverb Last month marked the four-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Since January 12, 2010, SOIL has provided emergency sanitation services for over 20,000 displaced people. Over the past four years, SOIL has been privileged to witness the closing of many of the tent cities we service as people have found or built permanent homes. SOIL’s emergency sanitation program is now working in only six tent camp communities in Port-au-Prince where we serve approximately 3,500 people. In the Shada neighborhood of Cap Haitien, an area that is extrem...

SOIL Presents at WEDC 2013: Piloting Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) in the Emergency Context of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, After the 2010 Earthquake.

SOIL is thrilled to announce that we recently had two papers published by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) that are being presented today and tomorrow at the 36th WEDC International Conference. Today, Anthony Kilbride, a former SOIL employee and current (lifelong) SOIL collaborator, presented "Piloting ecological sanitation (EcoSan) in the emergency context of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake", co-written by Anthony, Sasha Kramer, and Nick Preneta. This paper details SOIL's revolutionary use of EcoSan as an emergency disaster response and makes suggestions for how this emergency sanitation response can be adapted ...

April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

Dear friends, All of our long time supporters are by now familiar with the community of Shada in Cap-Haitien, where SOIL has been working since 2006.  This is the home of the magnificent and charismatic Madame Bwa and the thousands of residents that inspire us with their courage and resilience.  That courage was once again put to the test when spring rains brought massive flooding to the community of Shada earlier this week. Flooding is not new in Shada, as the low-lying neighborhood has always been hit hard during heavy rains, but this year there is something new which has put the community even more at risk.  In an effort to facilitate access ...

Emergency Flood Relief

SOIL kindly asks for your support to provide emergency relief to the community of Shada, Cap-Haitien where spring rains have brought devastating floods. We don't currently have the discretionary funds in our budget to meet the critical needs of this community, and we ask you to please consider making a contribution today to help us purchase aquatabs (to purify drinking water), soap, bleach, emergency food supplies, and plastic boots for residents working on the relief effort. Fundraising Goal: $2,000 Deadline: April 20, 2013 Until we reach the emergency fundraising goal of $2,000, all donations to SOIL will be directed to Shada emergency relief. ...

SOIL Stays Vigilant as News Breaks That Cholera Has Reached Port-au-Prince

The worst case scenario has happened - cholera has arrived in Port-au-Prince - and SOIL is continuing to do everything possible to limit the spread of the disease, to provide safe sanitation services, and to keep people informed on the best methods to prevent and treat it. SOIL's "Ajan Prevansyon" / Cholera Prevention Agents, having gone to every tent in every camp where SOIL works, are beginning to spread out to reach communities where information on the prevention and treatment of cholera has not yet been disseminated. Sadly, this is not a short term problem. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says it expects tens of thousands more to ...

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 ...

Slightly Delayed Blog Entry From My Time in Port-au-Prince

Today marks the one-month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and marks the beginning of a three day period of mourning and remembrance. The usually busy streets of Port au Prince are quiet while the churches are full of people praying and singing in unison. We spent most of the morning distributing water that we purchased to the church services going on in Cite Soleil, where aid has been slow to come. We then drove out to the municipal garbage site, where we saw human waste being mixed with medical waste and garbage. We saw puddles full of worms and used syringes near where children were playing and people are living. This is the site that has ...