199 results for tag: In Haiti


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 ...

SOCIETY Magazine: Completing the Poop Loop

“There is no such thing as waste; every molecule, every organism is valuable, even excrement.” – Sasha Kramer As part of a reporting program devoted supporting innovative development journalists, Grégoire Belhoste and William Thorp spent time with SOIL at our Port-au-Prince facility last year to better understand the history and process of SOIL’s regenerative urban sanitation service. The beautiful feature piece in Society Magazine explores SOIL’s history, the “poop loop” cycle, and why we believe that sanitation is a human right. Baudelaire Magloire told Society Magazine that, “we all deserve sanitation. Sanitation ...

Exciting Updates from SOIL’s Black Soldier Fly Research

Last summer, SOIL began an experiment that evaluated the potential of another waste to resource technology at our compost site: flies! The study looked at breeding black soldier fly (BSF) larvae for use as chicken feed. The goal of the research was to determine whether we could successfully grow BSF larvae, which feed on waste, at our Cap-Haïtien waste treatment site. If successful, the production of BSF larvae to sell as chicken feed could become an additional stream of revenue for SOIL’s waste treatment operations. The research, led by SOIL Research Associate Michèle Heeb in partnership with visiting researcher Dani Peguero, has already ...

A decade later, we remember

Dear Friends, Here in Haiti, this weekend is one of collective reflection and remembrance. Sunday marks 10 years since the earthquake struck, changing millions of lives here and around the world. As the sun was setting at 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010, the streets of Haiti bustled with the energy and hope of a new decade. Families made their way home at the end of a long day, tap taps crawled through the winding streets, the National Palace and cathedral cast proud shadows over the capital city. In less than a minute, the dream of a new decade was shattered as Port-au-Prince crumbled to the ground in one of the world’s deadliest natural disa...

AJ+ Français: TURNING DEADLY POOP INTO FERTILE SOIL

Se nourrir grâce aux selles“Rien ne se perd, tout se transforme.” L’ONG haïtienne SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) l’a bien compris et a trouvé une idée plutôt originale pour produire du compost et lutter contre les maladies… 💩Posted by AJ+ français on Monday, 23 December 2019 Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. Other Recent SOIL Coverage

Green America: Tackling Soil, Sanitation, and Beyond in Haiti

For a recently published feature about SOIL’s lifesaving sanitation service, Kevin Fitzpatrick of Green America interviewed SOIL Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer about what led her to co-found SOIL, the connection between sanitation and agriculture, and the innovation behind SOIL’s revolutionary composting waste treatment facility. SOIL’s solution “addresses a wide range of basic human rights issues such as access to food, access to sanitation, and living in a clean environment.” And, as Dr. Kramer shared with Kevin, “sanitation and food are inextricably connected, both in the sense that you wouldn't poop if you ...

Training a New Generation of Sanitation Researchers

SOIL intern, Wenley Moïse, extracting samples from the liquid filters installed underneath SOIL's composting bins to take to the lab for testing. SOIL loves providing opportunities for students in Haiti to work with our team and gain valuable hands-on experience in the sanitation sector to help jumpstart their careers. Over the past six months, SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals has been conducting a study on optimal composting conditions at our waste treatment facilities. The study looks at whether using different lining materials (concrete vs. a natural soil lining) in the composting bins impacts the leaching of nutrients or pathogens ...