205 results for tag: In Haiti


A Devastating Blow to Haiti’s Most Vulnerable

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the complete destruction of the Shada II neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, the community where SOIL first launched our work in 2004. On Monday, June 15, the entire community, home to more than 1,500 families, was razed by tractors and heavy machinery. Community members have reported receiving no warning about the impending destruction of their homes. SOIL has a long history of working in and partnering with the Shada II community, and without their support and feedback we would never be where we are today. We have staff who have lived in Shada for decades, and SOIL provides household toilet service to more ...

New Routing App Streamlines SOIL’s COVID-19 Response

SOIL began partnering in 2019 with DataKind, a nonprofit committed to helping organizations leverage cutting-edge data analytics to maximize impact, to develop a route optimization tool for our sanitation collection services. What was SOIL’s puzzle for our friends, the data experts? We needed to figure out how SOIL collection teams can navigate the container collection routes between households on our service in the most efficient way possible through growth. With collection happening weekly for the families who depend on SOIL for safe sanitation, any reduction in gas, time, or distance is important for our broader goals to increase efficiency and ...

National Geographic: Explorers in the Field visits SOIL

photo credit: National Geographic Education “What if your faucet had no clean water coming out of it and no way for human waste to get out?” As many classrooms move online, National Geographic brings the reality of the global sanitation crisis to screens around the world. And, they do it by bringing viewers to Haiti where they meet with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer to learn about the historical context for Haiti’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, what it means for public health and the environment, and how SOIL’s practical, climate-positive solution is responding to the challenge. The SOIL team is truly excited to share our most recent spotlight ...

SOIL Chosen as Editors’ Pick in the Food Planet Prize

photo credit: Bijay Rai We have exciting news. SOIL’s team has been chosen as Editors’ Pick in The Curt Bergfor’s Food Planet Prize! SOIL has been recognized for its particular achievements in the category of Land Use and Agriculture for our innovative circular economy sanitation solution which promotes climate resiliency, protects ecosystems, restores soil fertility, and ultimately: nurtures sustainable food production. SOIL’s solution tackles two of the world’s most pressing problems: lack of access to safe sanitation and decreasing agricultural production in large part due to soil degradation, intensive agricultural practices, and ...

Meet SOIL’s New Senior Sales Manager Viviane

Viviane (third from the right) alongside other SOIL staff at our TiLari office in January during her first official monthly meeting with the team Following a decade plus of experience in sales and marketing, Viviane Thomas was in the midst of a short break from running her own business due to the political instability in Haiti when she decided to apply for a Senior Sales Manager position with SOIL. Outside of the role being in the realm of her career goals, Viviane shared that she was driven to take the leap for a chance to have a new work experience with a different kind of non-profit organization and to gain knowledge in the environmental sector. ...

Cultivating Food Production with 2,000 Bags of Compost

Haiti’s local food systems have been hit hard by the worsening political and economic situation in Haiti, with ongoing challenges for farmers trying to get their food to markets, and for families facing devastating price increases. As a result, food scarcity has worsened in Haiti for some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Though the underlying problems are complex and stem beyond degraded soils alone, the growing challenges for local farmers and families struggling to put food on the table is a strong reminder of the critical need to invest in efforts to increase local production. By treating and transforming waste into organic ...

Get to Know Sergo

Here’s Sergo getting a day of collection started in the Avyasyon neighborhood in 2015! “Chanje etap, pran ti tap pou w ka rive – to take it to another level, you have to start taking steps” says Sergo, in a conversation we shared about his work with SOIL, our future goals, and our hopes for future generations in the country we all love so deeply.  Iranye Fleurant, better known as Sergo, has worked with SOIL since 2006 when our work was just getting off the ground. Sergo was invited by SOIL’s Cap-Haïtien Regional Manager Romel to attend a training session and shortly after, he joined the team! When SOIL began expanding our ...

10 Years of Iterative Improvement and Resiliency

Read SOIL's February newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Dear Friends, Ten years ago this month, SOIL’s small Cap-Haïtien team was working around the clock in Haiti’s capital city to mount an emergency response to the earthquake that had struck a few weeks prior. SOIL’s immediate response was focused on emergency relief efforts like food and water distributions as well as transport and translation services for medical care, but we quickly returned to the specialty we had honed in northern Haiti: ecological sanitation. Over a million ...

Frontiers in Environmental Science: Scaling Container-Based Sanitation

As SOIL continues to work towards expanding lifesaving sanitation in Haiti, we aren’t stopping there. In partnership with global communities and a network of container-based sanitation (CBS) practitioners, we are developing solutions we believe are poised for replication to provide sanitation in some of the globe’s most challenging contexts. A new paper in Frontiers in Environmental Science, which SOIL helped contribute to, evaluates the benefits, opportunities, and challenges for container-based sanitation (CBS) implementers like SOIL. The article touches on the multitude of “economic, health, and environmental returns” offered by CBS ...

The Nakuru Accord: Building Bridges in the WASH Sector

With more than half of the world lacking access to a toilet, SOIL is driven not just to positive outcomes in Haiti, but to nurturing a global sanitation revolution. In 2018, a conference in Nakuru, Kenya inspired a call for all WASH professionals to publicly commit to “failing better in the WASH sector” so that everyone could learn from each other. Essentially, it’s a commitment to increased transparency, accountability, and collaboration to help ensure practitioners are investing in global replication and cooperation. Thus, the Nakuru Accord was born and SOIL became one of the organizations to sign the agreement! Through a culture of ...