26 results for tag: Haiti


How Rapid Urbanization in Haiti can overburden fragile systems

Photo courtesy of Tony Marcelli Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. Urban October sheds light on the immense impact that cities have on the present and future sustainability of our planet. As more and more people around the world migrate to cities, it has become even more important to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns. According to the UN, currently more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and by 2050 approximately 70% of the population is expected to live in urban areas. With more than 80% of global GDP coming from ...

The Challenges of Results-Based Financing for Sanitation: Shared Lessons Learned from Haiti

SOIL is proud to offer the most cost-effective, safe sanitation intervention in Haiti, costing less than pit latrines, septic tanks, and sewers per household basis per year. Our years of work building out a service in Haiti proves that even the world’s most vulnerable populations are willing to pay for safely managed sanitation and value the public health benefits of having this service.  Yet, we also recognize that vulnerable households are unable- and further, should not have to - take on the national burden of financing this public good and basic human right. Over the past few years, SOIL has been working alongside the Haitian sanitation ...

Job Post: Konpos Lakay Consultant

INTRODUCTION  Le but de cet appel d’offre est de trouver un consultant qui pourra aider SOIL à bien positionner son  produit Konpos Lakay afin qu'il puisse être vendu en quantite en Haïti. À la suite du travail de ce  consultant, SOIL aura un rapport avec des recommandations soumis par le consultant pour augmenter  la quantité de Konpos Lakay que nous vendrons au cours de l'exercice 2021-22. SOIL souhaite  embaucher un consultant ayant une bonne connaissance et expérience des projets agricoles dans le  pays, de la façon dont le gouvernement haïtien travaille pour mener à bien ces projets, et les fonds  impliqués dans le secteu...

Dignity and Respect for Haitian Refugees at the U.S. Border

Statement from SOIL CEO, Dr. Sasha Kramer, September 21, 2021 As an organization working on public health and human rights issues in Haiti for the past 16 years, SOIL unequivocally condemns the treatment of Haitian refugees on the Texas border. We are horrified at the way that public health measures enacted to protect human lives would be abused and distorted to unabashedly crush the hopes of thousands of Haitian families fighting for access to basic human rights, putting them directly in harm’s way. The world is now witnessing the largest deportation operation in U.S. history on the southern border as the U.S. sends hundreds of families ...

Get to Know Our B Corporation Partner: World Centric

Despite the ongoing challenges of working in a fragile state, SOIL is making significant strides in providing dignified and affordable sanitation in Haiti, but our work would not be possible without the support of our incredibly generous partners. In 2016, SOIL began partnering with World Centric, an eco-conscious B Corporation that provides compostable packaging to the food service industry. This charitable partnership supports SOIL’s life changing sanitation work in Haiti – and, we’re big fans of their sustainability model, engaged employees and spirit of volunteerism too!! World Centric was founded in 2004 as a nonprofit organization to ...

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 ...