41 results for tag: Haiti


SOIL’s Executive Director Receives the John and Elizabeth Phillips Award from her Alma Mater

Sasha and SOIL Board Member Daniel Tillias. SOIL’s co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was recently awarded the John and Elizabeth Phillips Award by her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy. The award is a reflection of the incredible work that the entire SOIL team has done in Haiti. Both Sasha and SOIL Board Member, Daniel Tillias attended the awards ceremony with the trustees of the Academy to share more about Haiti and the efforts of the broader SOIL team. The Phillips Award is given to an alumnus or alumna of the Academy whose life demonstrates the co-founders’ (John and Elizabeth Phillips) ideal of goodness and ...

SOIL and Dr. Sasha Kramer Featured by Cartier Philanthropy

photo credit: SOIL/Tony Marcelli SOIL's Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was honored to recently speak with our long-time partner Cartier Philanthropy, alongside other development non-profit organizations, about finding ways to function and often flourish successfully, despite operating in countries facing arduous, persistently unstable conditions.  Cartier Philanthropy featured the conversation in an article on their website. In the article, Sasha describes the challenges our team members in Cap-Haïtien face, and she explains that one of the keys to SOIL’s ability to carry on despite the current political and economic challenges in 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 ...