203 results for tag: In Haiti


Inaugurating the Household Toilet Project in Shada

Last Friday the SOIL teams from both Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien came together to celebrate the official launch of the Household Toilet Project in Shada. The event was a great success, with participation from SOIL, DINEPA, Re.Source, KOSS, and many community members. The program began with comments from Theo Huitema, SOIL's Regional Director for Cap-Haitien, and from Executive Director Sasha Kramer. Representatives from KOSS, Re.Source, Konbit Sante and DINEPA also made presentations, with charismatic emcee-ing from SOIL agronomist Romel Toussaint, who oversaw all of the presentations with flair! The program also included a skit that humorously ...

Theo Talks Episode 5: Ki moun vle kaka? Who Wants to Poop?

Join SOIL Regional Director Theo Huitema on another adventure in EcoSan as he watches SOIL staff members training residents of Shada, Cap-Haitien, to use their Household EcoSan toilets. This month marks the official launch of the Household Toilet Project, and hundreds of families in Shada will receive lovely SOIL toilets for use in their homes. Don't forget to join us this Friday, December 7th, for the official Household Toilet Project launch party in Shada, Cap-Haitien! For more information, click here. Check out the full Theo Talks video series by clicking here.

Entering in Style!

Sasha and I made a grand entrance into today's CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) meeting, hosted at the Karibe Hotel in Port-au-Prince. As some of you may know, both the Karibe and CGI meetings in general are pretty fancy, but that didn't stop the SOIL crew from wheeling in a giant squeaky wheelbarrow full of beautiful compost! And the best part? Everyone loved it! Sasha introduced our Christmas Compost Special--we are selling 1,200 bags of compost for the holiday season--and we even sold the 5 bags that we had brought along for display. We were deeply flattered and very encouraged to see so much interest in our compost, and we were pretty tickled to ...

Waterborne Disease Hits Close to Home

The past couple of weeks have been a new kind of learning experience for Sasha and myself, as we, along with several other people in our neighborhood, came down with Typhoid Fever. Although it hasn't been a fun or easy experience, Sasha and I count ourselves incredibly lucky and grateful to have access to medical facilities and treatment, and most especially to have a safe and comfortable place to convalesce and to call home. We are ever more aware of the precariousness of life for most people in Haiti, who often do not have access to any form of health care, and all too often do not have a home. Additionally, this experience highlights the incredi...

Toronto Star: Why Haiti Sees Hope in a Toilet Bowl

By Jennifer Yang in The Toronto Star, November 22nd, 2012. When it comes to tackling some of Haiti’s most afflicting problems, Sasha Kramer has an elegant idea involving large quantities of a rather indelicate substance: poop. Lots of poop. Buckets of the stuff. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of it — all of which will be transformed into nutrient-rich compost for local farmers struggling to grow crops in Haiti’s woefully soil-depleted earth. And, in the process, Kramer hopes to improve basic sanitation, reduce the risk of diseases like cholera and create jobs for unemployed Haitians. That’s a lot of ambition piled onto a heap of human ...

Theo Talks Episode 4: Raising Cholera Awareness with Madanm Bwa

Join Regional Director Theo on his latest Adventure in EcoSan as he journeys through the streets of Shada with longtime SOIL friend and community activist Madanm Bwa, raising awareness about the risks of cholera and methods to prevent its transmission. The message that Madanm Bwa brings is especially important in the wake of so much flooding in Northern Haiti, raising the risks of contracting cholera, and making prevention even more difficult. Check out the video below! Check out the full Theo Talks series.

Theo Talks Episode 3: Sexing the Fish

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on another adventure in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 3, you'll see SOIL's Job Etienne, Nick Preneta and Sasha Kramer attempting to "sex" fish. In the background you'll see Theo's house, made out of a former compost bin, at the SOIL farm and tree nursery in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. We're still looking for a name for this beautiful site and we need you help. Enter a name suggestion in the Name the SOIL Tree Nursery and Farm Contest and you'll have a chance to win some great SOIL prizes! Check out the full Theo Talks series.

A SOIL Calendar for the Holidays!

Here in Port-au-Prince the sun is shining and the temperature is a balmy 86°F, but for many of our friends in the United States and throughout the world, winter is fast approaching! No matter where you are, the holiday season is on its way, and that means that SOIL calendars are here again! One of our favorite projects each year is creating a beautiful collection of stories and images to share with all of our friends. Our calendars are a great way to spread the word about SOIL, add a little beauty to your home, or give a small, meaningful gift. If you are interested in ordering a 2013 SOIL calendar for yourself, or a set of 10 calendars to give as ...

Theo Talks Episode 2: Cultivating Zaboka

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on another adventure in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 2, Theo gives a short, enjoyable tour of the young tree seedlings being cultivated at the SOIL nursery in Cap-Haitien. And speaking of the tree nursery... we need a new name for this nursery and we'd love to hear your suggestions! Enter a name suggestion in the SOIL Name the Tree Nursery Contest here and you might just win a SOIL 2013 calendar. Check out the full Theo Talks series.

Consilience: Transforming Haiti from the Bottom Up

By Victoria Lauredo in Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, October 17, 2012. Amidst the buzz of CEOs, celebrities and heads of state attending last month’s Clinton Global Initiative’s 2012 Annual Meeting floats in Dr. Sasha Kramer, a 36 year-old ecologist and human rights observer who has been working in Haiti since 2004. Nothing about the wispy blonde’s delicate frame would indicate that she spends her days rescuing substances most of us would rather forget down the toilet. But excrement recycler is what she is. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), Dr. Kramer promotes ...