199 results for tag: In Haiti


Transforming Twitye

SOIL's Port-au-Prince composting site at Twitye is undergoing a complete transformation. It's a makeover, SOIL style! Given SOIL's mission to transform wastes into resources, the team decided that our site at Twitye, the infamous Port-au-Prince dump, provided an ideal opportunity to take that mission one step further. The Port-au-Prince dump has been a symbol of waste, poverty, and hopelessness for over 25 years. Today, the SOIL team is working to transform the small piece of Twitye housing our compost site into a beautiful, healthy piece of land, showcasing the possibility and the power of transformation. Here's how we're doing it! We're streaml...

Press Release: Cell Phone Powered Poop Tracking Advances Haiti Waste Treatment

The SOIL team is going high tech, using smart phones to streamline poop collection and compost production. Our friends and collaborators from re.source have helped develop a system for SOIL, using an open source data collection platform called Open Data Kit, to record and track all of the composting and collection data from their phones. This technology will help SOIL streamline waste collection and cut down on errors. This is a critical development in SOIL and re.source's new initiative to design and implement a social business model for providing household sanitation. In the coming months we'll begin installing private household toilets throughout ...

Wish List From Our Friends at CHIBAS

Hello SOIL supporters! Our friend Gael from the non-profit organization CHIBAS, is in need of a few things for his laboratory here in Haiti. Do you have any extra lab equipment looking for a good home? CHIBAS is a research center on bio-energy and sustainable agriculture with the goal of improving and promoting the use of local varieties of sorghum and jatropha that are adapted to the Haitian ecosystem and climate in drought-prone regions. CHIBAS not only is a research center, but a technical institute for farmers to gain and share knowledge. They just produced their first syrup from Sweet Sorghum, as well as their first Kleren! If any of our ...

You're Invited! – Bay Area SOIL Garden Party

Dear Friends of SOIL, Jenny Benorden, a former SOIL board member, is hosting a fundraiser in the Bay Area with all proceeds to benefit SOIL. She asked us to invite our friends and colleagues in the area, so if you (or any of your friends) will be near Palo Alto, CA on Sunday, August 19th, you should check this out! Come learn more about SOIL, enjoy the live music, try your luck in the raffle and connect with other people who love ecological sanitation.   [box type="shadow"] INVITATION Garden Party at Fanny and Eliot's house with live music, silent auction, raffle prizes, a brief film screening, and light refreshments. All proceeds to benefit ...

Engineering for Change: "Five questions with Sasha Kramer"

Written by Rob Goodier for Engineering for Change on July 8, 2012 Sasha Kramer's enthusiasm for recycling poop is contagious. After hearing from her, it's not hard to imagine the need to give your indoor bathroom a Stone-Age rennovation. She developed EcoSan latrines that store human waste in removable 15-gallon drums for composting. Toilets that transform waste into compost are the key to healthy soils and sustainable living, Kramer says. In that case, maybe everyone's toilet should be a modified pit latrine? Another key to sustainability is sanitation itself. Kramer promotes both, taking her message of back-end recycling (get it?) to camps and ...

SOIL Anonse Konferans Nasyonal Asenisman 2012

Tanpri vin patisipe nan premye Konferans Nasyonal Asenisman nan Pòtoprens nan Madi ak Mèkredi, 12-13 Jen 2012. (English version.) Nan dènye 2 ane, plizyè òganizasyon inisye proje isit an Ayiti, ak twalèt konpostaj e systèm biolojik, nan yon efò pou transfòme matyè fekal imen nan yon resous ki gen valè. Lè nou konsidere ogmantasyon entere nan teknoloji inovatè pou transfòme deche, gen yon gwo bezwen pou pataje enfòmasyon pami ONG e gouvènman ayisyen, e pou kreye e ranfòse norm/règ nasyonal pou asire ke santé piblik proteje. Yon pati de aktivite edikasyon, sansibilizasyon e relasyon kominotè SOIL, ke n ap reyalize ak sipò UNICEF, ...

SOIL Announces the National Sustainable Sanitation Conference 2012

Please join us at the first ever National Sustainable Sanitation Conference to be held in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12th and 13th, 2012. (Anonsman an Kreyòl) In the past two years numerous organizations have initiated projects in Haiti involving composting toilets and bio-systems in an effort to transform human wastes into a valuable resource. Given the rising interest in these innovative waste treatment technologies, there is a great need for information sharing among NGOs and the Haitian government and the creation and enforcement of national standards to ensure that public health is protected. As part of SOIL’s education ...

Spring Newsletter 2012: We have 400,000 gallons of compost!

SOIL has 400,000 gallons of rich, organic compost curing in piles at our waste treatment sites around Haiti and we're producing more at a rate of 5,000 gallons a week! Check out the full story in the SOIL Spring Newsletter.

Phone Calls to Haiti

Dear Friends, I apologize for my silence over the last week or so.  I am just too devastated to be able to write anything coherent.  Kevin is recovering from malaria and is now able to spend more of a day off the couch than on it.  We are trying to keep in touch and do what we can from the US. I finally got through to Haiti by phone last night for the first time. Estimable Francius Dauphin, aka Jhonny, the mayor of Borgne, reports that people from Borgne who had been living in Port au Prince are starting to return to their families in the countryside. The mayor’s office sent a bus down to the capital to pick up survivors and came back with ...