156 results for tag: In Haiti


Keeping EkoLakay Active in a Country on Lockdown

An Update from Haiti Though coverage in the international media remains scarce, Haiti is now entering day 10 of a deepening political crisis that follows months of increasingly challenging conditions faced by the majority of the population. Inflation has been spiraling out of control, making it even more difficult for vulnerable families across the nation to afford basic essentials. Fuel and electricity have become more and more scarce and allegations of corruption against many members of the ruling party, including the President, have led to mass unrest as people demand accountability and transparency for missing development funds. The ...

February Newsletter: An Update from Haiti

To sign up to receive an update from SOIL's teams in Haiti directly in your inbox each month, click here to join the list. Dear friends,This month, I felt it would be irresponsible not to directly address the challenging situation that is ongoing in Haiti. As some of you may have heard, the entire country has been on lockdown for the past six days as demonstrators take to the streets in a growing movement demanding the resignation of the president, justice for those accused of embezzling billions in development funds, and a solution to the economic crisis that is gripping the country. So far the government has remained silent, and there is an ...

Refining SOIL’s Path to Financial Sustainability

SOIL is hard at work to refine our household ecological sanitation service, EkoLakay, so that we have a strong foundation as we grow to reach 15% of Cap-Haitien’s urban population with safely managed sanitation by 2025.  As a part of these efforts, SOIL had the honor of hosting Peter Townsley in Cap-Haitien for a month late last year. Peter is the former CEO of a fellow Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) member, Clean Team in Ghana, and he was instrumental in transforming their sanitation business into rapidly growing enterprise on a clear pathway towards financial sustainability. Although SOIL faces different challenges as we develop our ...

Global Sanitation Success Stories

SOIL's friends at cewas and the EcoSan Club publish a quarterly Sustainable Sanitation Practice journal which gathers stories of ecological sanitation systems, big or small, that are flourishing around the world. We are excited that SOIL is featured in the journal's latest edition as one of the stories of success. SOIL's article explores the lessons that SOIL has learned as we've worked to build a regenerative urban sanitation service and outlines how we're prioritizing inclusive innovation, responsible growth, and close engagement with the public sector along the way. Click here to read the article and let us know what you think in the comment ...

In Remembrance

Dear friends, In countries and cultures around the world, there are days of collective celebration and days of collective mourning and remembrance. At the beginning of the year, most of us are focused on celebration - the beginning of a new year, the endless possibilities that await us, the unique moment of joy in the unknown future. In Haiti, that same joy is punctuated with a day of shared sorrow and renewed grief. Today, nine years after the earthquake that claimed so many lives and changed so many others, Haiti's bustle and vibrancy fall quiet as those who remain stop to remember those who were lost. Today, we acknowledge that these nine ...

Growing 250,000 Trees

Though there’s ongoing debate about the extent and proximate cause of the challenge, what is clear is that Haiti’s mountainsides are deforested to dangerous levels and the country’s farmers struggle to produce enough to feed its people, in part due to depleted soils. As a result, most of Haiti relies on expensive imported foods, a factor which contributes to a cycle of poverty for both the country’s farmers and its people.  This drives us at SOIL. And it’s why we work tirelessly to treat and transform waste into high-quality organic fertilizer, branded locally as Konpòs Lakay. Our compost is loaded with all of the nutrients needed for ...

How SOIL is acting local and thinking global

Thanks to the support of our friends and donors around the world, SOIL is able to have quite a large impact in Haiti already. If you drive into the city of Cap-Haitien on a SOIL collection day, you’ll see bright green EkoLakay containers stacked up alongside the rode and a fleet of green three-wheeled motorcycles zipping along picking up containers and visiting customers. We are a team of more than 70, working through rain storms, floods, and holidays to ensure that our household toilets and composting waste treatment operation hums along. For every home on our service, SOIL ensures an affordable, dignified, and safe place to use a toilet. For every ...

Eight Years of Cholera is Eight Years Too Many

Photo: Monica Wise A cholera epidemic began in Haiti in October 2010 and continues to sicken and kill people through the country to this day. How did this happen and what can be done to stop it? One of the Largest Outbreaks in Modern History Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium vibrio cholerae. Although cholera is an easily treatable disease, rapid access to treatment is essential as people can die within hours if it’s left untreated. Cholera did not exist in Haiti before 2010. Shortly after the earthquake, the United Nations brought in a group of peacekeepers from ...

Four Reasons to Love your Toilet

Photo: Vic Hinterlang We’re writing you from Haiti, where this morning SOIL’s waste collection teams have been out in our communities since six o’clock, despite protests and strikes disrupting movement throughout cities across the country. SOIL’s sanitation heroes are committed to providing access to life-saving sanitation services – rain or shine. And today, with services around the country on hold, EkoLakay continues to operate so that families have uninterrupted access to their toilets. Each day we see firsthand the urgent necessity of toilets in the communities we serve, and in the world at large. For the fifth annual World Toilet ...

Kickstarting Healthy Student Gardens with Three Tons of Compost

The compost that SOIL produces through our urban ecological sanitation service is a safe and organic, agricultural-grade soil amendment that restores the health of soils and helps Haiti's farmers produce more food. It also, as of recently, helping students in schools across the country learn how to garden. The Haitian Ministry of Education (MENFP) has begun actively promoting agriculture across the country's schools, by asking that each of them has at least one standard garden maintained by staff, students, and parents alike. And guess what? They're using SOIL's compost in the educational gardens! The MENFP is hoping to introduce students to ...