39 results for tag: Haiti


June 2022 Newsletter: Haiti in the News – Understanding the Historical Context

Aerial view of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. As an organization working in Haiti for over 15 years, we have become very familiar with the term “Haitian resilience” as an expression to capture the enduring spirit and strength of Haitians amidst the ongoing challenges faced by the small island nation.  However, this term doesn’t even begin to  capture the two centuries of determination for social justice and equality that have been obstructed by the prevailing global powers and the continued economic colonization of the country. We see Haitian resilience everyday, in forms that many of us have never had to experience - hauling water to our homes, ...

Windrow Composting: What We’ve Learned from the Pilot Research and Where We’re Going

Over the past year, the SOIL research team began experimenting with windrow composting, as a method for making our waste treatment and composting process faster. The goal of the research was to improve the efficiency of the composting process in order to be able to accommodate more waste at our site, as well as decrease operational costs. After months of trials, we are excited to share our latest update on the research!   What’s Windrow Composting? Windrow composting involves emptying containers of waste (and bagasse) collected from households on SOIL’s service into a pile on the ground (and elongating it into a row) as an alternative to the ...

Women in Sanitation: Interview with Froggi VanRiper

Froggi VanRiper alongside churn study research team As a sustainable sanitation organization working in low-resource contexts, we rely on research and technological innovations to make our service as efficient as possible with the resources available. Providing sanitation in Cap-Haitien is incredibly challenging, and we respond to these challenges through research/innovation with the objective of making our service more inclusive and efficient. In addition to our incredible SOIL team, our Board of Directors and our newly founded Advisory Board, SOIL’s work has also been strategically informed by a global cohort of extremely passionate research ...

SOIL Offers Food Canteen for Employees

Members of the SOIL team SOIL was founded in the spirit of service; service to the Haitian people and service to our planet. To this day, SOIL makes an effort to offer our services in any viable way that we can to support our staff and the communities we serve. Whether providing mobile toilets at public events in Cap-Haitien or coordinating emergency relief efforts, we’re always ready to support our fellow Haitian brothers and sisters, and during these economically challenging times is no different. Around the world, inflation rates are at an all-time high, this is particularly true in Haiti where inflation is consistently above 15% making the cost ...

Introducing Our Advisory Board

At SOIL, we understand the power of teamwork and we are always seeking to collaborate with local and global experts that provide valuable input and strategic guidance for our organization and the service we provide.   In our 15 years of working in Haiti, we’ve made great progress in getting to where we are today, but none of that would be possible without the support of a critical network of people that have volunteered their time and knowledge in order to help guide our mission of providing equitable access to basic human rights.   In light of this collective effort, we are pleased to share a more formal establishment of our network through the ...

Why Haitian History Matters

Black History Month is a time to celebrate black voices, experiences and cultures. We at SOIL, want to take this time to acknowledge Haiti’s significant place in black history - as a symbol of strength, resilience and hope, since 1804. From Toussaint Louverture and Catherine Flon, to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edwidge Danticat, Haitians and Haitian-Americans alike have had a profound impact on world history. In 1804, Haiti became a free nation, and the first black republic, after years of fighting against colonial oppression. Haiti’s independence served as a pivotal moment not only in the fight against colonialism, but in the acknowledgement of the ...

Compostable Container Liners to Reduce High Container Costs

SOIL’s Research Team experimenting with compostable container liners In October of last year, SOIL’s research team met up in Cap-Haitien to identify potential opportunities to improve the efficiency of our service in the coming year. One of the opportunities identified during the team session is exploring the potential for using compostable bags as a liner for the containers in our EkoLakay in-home toilets. The team is interested in testing the idea that the liners may reduce some of the stress the containers go through during the cleaning and disinfection process and therefore reduce the incidences of container and lid breakage rates and costs. ...

Sharing Our Story with Carel Pedre

Carel Pedre speaking with SOIL's Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint In recent weeks, there has been a sudden flurry of interest in the value of human waste in the Haitian media, leading to increased attention, and sometimes head-scratching speculation, as to the ins and outs of SOIL’s work. SOIL was delighted at this new peak in interest and wanted to use this as an opportunity to answer some of the questions that were being asked with regard to SOIL’s work with waste - and exactly what we were doing with that waste! In order to share more of the real story about our innovative sanitation solution, SOIL reached out to renowned Haitian journalist and ...

The Potential of Human Waste: SOIL Featured in Newswise

Compost team pictured with SOIL’s organic, agriculture-grade compost made from human waste. Our world creates an enormous amount of waste, and that waste exists in many, many different forms. There’s food waste, liquid waste, hazardous waste, solid waste, and what we at SOIL care most about, human waste. A recent article published in Newswise, titled (Human) waste not, want not, highlights the topics discussed in a presentation by Rebecca Nelson, Cornell University, at the 2021 ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meeting on a new vision for the reuse of human waste. Nelson, a plant pathologist, shares a sentiment on the incredible and largely untapped ...

Digital Tools & Sanitation: SOIL Featured in GSMA

 EkoLakay workers using digital tools for collection  SOIL is working hard to transform the global sanitation crisis, and we know that it is going to take innovative solutions to provide safe and dignified sanitation options to those that are without. Throughout the years we have been working in Haiti, SOIL has demonstrated the ability to innovate and refine our model to meet the needs of vulnerable communities, while facing political, social, and environmental instability. This year alone, we’ve piloted multiple improvements to operational efficiency to optimize our service and increase customer satisfaction. One of our most successful innovat...