21 results for tag: Haiti


SOIL Mentioned on NPR’s Fresh Air Podcast

Photo courtesy of Ricardo Venegas The SOIL team works extremely hard to provide safe and dignified sanitation to the communities we serve and build a more resilient future in Haiti. We’re also committed to spreading the word about the global sanitation crisis and love to see our work featured in different mediums around the world. Recently, Chelsea Wald was interviewed on NPR Podcast, Fresh Air, where she discussed her book, Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet, which debuted on April 6th. Pipe Dreams explores the incredible work that is being done in the sector to innovate more efficient sanitation infrastructure, and ...

July 2021 Newsletter: Lespwa Fè Viv

Dear Friend, We want to take a moment to acknowledge the horrible tragedy that occurred in Haiti last week, the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. SOIL strongly condemns this act of violence and we send our condolences to his family. We are saddened at the way in which this act will likely further destabilize the country, deepening the struggle for so many of our friends and colleagues. At this time, we are doing all we can to protect the safety of our staff and ensure service to our customers. We are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received from friends, supporters and partners in more than 25 countries who ...

SOIL Participates in First-Ever National Interscholastic Puzzle Competition in Haiti

SOIL's mobile toilets at the event in Cap-Haitien. The SOIL team loves to be a part of a problem-solving mission. However, we were introduced to an entirely new puzzling experience earlier this month with the first ever National Interscholastic Puzzle Competition in Cap-Haitien! Alas, they would not let us compete, because they said we were too old, but we did get to provide the sanitation facilities! SOIL has recently started renting out mobile toilets at local events around Cap-Haitien as a new way to diversify our revenue stream and provide much needed on-site sanitation to these events. As we previously highlighted in May, SOIL’s EkoLakay ...

Human Waste for Sustainable Futures

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Schilling Transformation has always been one of our core values – transformation of wastes into resources, of disempowered people into community advocates, of exploited landscapes into lush, productive gardens. We are a population of over seven billion people, living in a world with increasingly scarce resources. Yet, we at SOIL know that there is one resource – often overlooked – that is perpetually available: human waste. For us, human waste isn’t waste at all; it’s sustainability, it’s nutrients, its ecological power. We’ve been demonstrating the immense potential of human waste since 2006 and we don’t ...

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 ...

Field Day for the Directors: Launching a New Research Project

SOIL’s HR Director, Director of Operations and Compost Manager We at SOIL are always working to develop innovative approaches to support our growth strategy and further expand our reach to provide accessible, sustainable and reliable sanitation to those that need it the most. Research plays a critical role in SOIL’s efforts to achieve strategic goals and advance knowledge in the sanitation sector. This year has started off very busy for SOIL’s Research team, as we are working on a number of ongoing research projects including; small-scale black soldier fly larvae experiments, improving collections with human-centered design and utilizing ...

SOIL Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Interviewed by CNN International

In 2019, SOIL was awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai. The award was granted to SOIL in recognition of our sustainable social enterprise solution to sanitation in Haiti. SOIL was honored to accept this award to provide support for our social enterprise model and solution to improve lives while preserving our planet. As part of this incredible effort put forth by Expo 2020 Dubai, to highlight and showcase the over 200 organizations participating in the Expo throughout the year (due to COVID-19, activities were moved to 2021/22), SOIL was also chosen to be featured in ...

Providing Dignified Sanitation Using Mobile Tech

As we continue to grow and expand our services in Haiti, we recognize the need to keep improving our operational efficiency. The SOIL team is continuously researching and testing new ways to provide better and more efficient sanitation solutions. Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges to organizations like ours, that rely on community field agents to provide goods and services to vulnerable populations in emerging markets. Thanks to the TaroWorks mobile field service app, we’ve been able to provide uninterrupted sanitation services to the communities we serve in Haiti during these uncertain times. SOIL began using TaroWork’s digital tools in ...

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 ...

Bòn Fèt Endependans!

 photo courtesy of Melinda Miles  On this day 217 years ago, Haiti became a free nation after years of fighting against colonial oppression. The fire that ignited this revolutionary defiance against injustice still burns today. Every January 1st we celebrate Haitian Independence Day to honor the symbolic and hard-fought independence of the nation of Haiti; it’s beauty, rich culture, and the strength and perseverance of its people. As we reflect on the bravery and courage of Haiti’s revolutionary heroes, we are even more motivated to build a resilient future in Haiti that they would be proud of. For over a decade, SOIL has been designing and ...