228 results for tag: In Haiti


SOIL provides dignified sanitation at PapJazz

SOIL's EkoMobil toilets line the Boulevard in Carenage during the Jazz Festival Since 2007 the Port-au-Prince Jazz Festival has welcomed some of the biggest international names in jazz and R&B to Haiti. The Festival was founded in 2007 by the Haiti Jazz Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising the level of the Haitian music industry using jazz music as a tool. The 2023 celebration took place over this past weekend. SOIL was proud to be a part of the festivities by providing our EkoMobil rental toilet service - and, of course, jamming out to the music.  The festival, affectionately nicknamed PapJazz, typically takes place in ...

Renewed hope in the new year and proud reflections of the past year

Members of the SOIL EkoLakay team. It’s the beginning of a new year and the SOIL team is heading into 2023 with renewed hope and mindful optimism. Despite the ongoing political, social & health-related challenges of last year that significantly impacted our staff and our customers, there are also great achievements to celebrate, particularly among the members of our team in Haiti, who, despite the considerable hardships, worked tirelessly and together and didn’t lose hope. We are deeply grateful to each and every one.  In October, when the first new cases of cholera were reported, SOIL sprang into action, understanding that our EkoLakay ...

Sanitation. Dignity. Hope.

Sanitation. Dignity. Hope. Three matters of substance that we here at SOIL use to guide our daily efforts and attention.  As we look back on another challenging year, it is apparent that Haiti’s vulnerable populations are at risk of bearing the greatest burden of the ongoing economic, social, and political instability in the country. It is critical that SOIL continues to expand our service and reach even more households with essential access to sanitation, a basic human right and a life-saving technology, that also provides hope to the families we serve during these difficult times. Sanitation/ Sanitasyon “SOIL is an organization that ...

A conversation with SOIL’s Waste Treatment Manager, Sadouddly Michael Lambert

Our Haitian staff members remain safe in Cap-Haitien as we continue to navigate the current challenges with a robust emergency response plan and an incredibly dedicated group of employees.  In one of our final staff conversations of the year, we spoke with Saddoudly Michael Lambert, SOIL’s Waste Treatment Manager, about his work, life and the current times in Haiti.   Interviewer: How are you and your family doing right now?  Sadouddly: My family and I are doing well although the situation is making things more difficult for us as it affects my family business and their daily activities. Interviewer: What does a typical work day look ...

A conversation with SOIL’s Keurlit Charles

Keurlit Charles, SOIL's Field Operations Supervisor  We are continuing to engage in conversations with members of SOIL’s sanitation staff in Cap-Haitien to learn about the ways they are navigating the current situation in Haiti with their family and in their community.  This week, we spoke with Keurlit Charles, SOIL’s Field Operations Supervisor, to check in and hear how the ongoing crisis in Haiti is impacting his work and his home. Interviewer: How are you and your family doing right now?  Keurlit: Like every Haitian, my family and I fight to try to make a living. My family depends on my income from my job at SOIL because the other ...

A Conversation with SOIL’s Human Resources Director, Wisner Jean-Louis

Wisner Jean-Louis in the Cap-Haitien office The year continues to be a very challenging one in Haiti – full of uncertainties for all Haitians caught in the midst of political, social, and economic instability. As an organization we are proud of our field team's courage and dedication providing consistent access to life-saving and dignified sanitation services for some of Haiti’s most vulnerable families, despite the other uncertainties that impact daily life.  To give you a better sense of what motivates the SOIL team we are continuing to engage in conversations with members of our sanitation staff in Cap-Haitien to hear about how they are ...

A conversation with SOIL’s Romel Toussaint

Our Haitian staff members remain safe in Cap-Haitien as we continue to navigate the current challenges with a robust emergency response plan and an incredibly dedicated group of employees.  This week we spoke with Romel Toussaint, SOIL’s Senior Manager, about running the service during these challenging times, how his family is doing and how his work has changed with the ongoing crisis.  It almost goes without saying that Romel is one of SOIL’s tireless leaders - dedicated to supporting his staff, and working to ensure that service continues for every family with a SOIL toilet. We are deeply appreciative of his commitment, compassion and ...

Navigating the challenges in Haiti: A Conversation with SOIL’s EkoLakay Manager

Our Haitian staff members remain safe in Cap-Haitien as we continue to navigate the current challenges with a robust emergency response plan and an incredibly dedicated group of employees. The team has, against all odds, continued to provide weekly sanitation service to over 2000 households subscribed to the EkoLakay service.  We want to take the time to highlight a few of SOIL’s sanitation heroes who have tirelessly worked with adjusted schedules, often in the very early hours, to ensure that service continues for every family with a SOIL toilet. We're pleased to introduce EkoLakay Manager Sebastien Jabouin Jacques! Interviewer: How are ...

Update from Haiti: October 2022

For the past several weeks, Haiti has been experiencing a new period of “peyi lòk,” or “country lockdown.” Thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets to protest the political, economic and social instability, and soaring fuel prices. Roadblocks and unrest, combined with ongoing insecurity and armed gangs blocking key transport pathways, have led to severe fuel shortages and a near total communications blackout in many parts of the country.  These challenges have forced many critical institutions in Haiti to suspend operations in recent days including hospitals and at least one major distributor of potable water, due to lack of fuel ...

SOIL Board Member, Tanvi Nagpal, featured in DEVEX

SOIL Board Member and Sr. Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins, Tanvi Nagpal, recently shared an opinion piece on the online media platform, Devex, titled Why localization is the only way forward in Haiti. Nagpal explains that given Haiti’s current situation, localizing development is the only practical and effective way forward as the country struggles with increased political uncertainty, violence and food and fuel shortages. The piece highlights three actions that the donors and policymakers should take: Redefine local capacity. Support effective institutions, not projects. “Accompaniment” in crises. Read ...