239 results for tag: In Haiti

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 ...

Theo Talks Episode 1: A Sunrise Tour Through the SOIL Nursery in Cap-Haitien

Join SOIL's Regional Director, Theo Huitema, on the first (of many we hope) adventures in EcoSan. In Theo Talks Episode 1, Theo will take you on a sunrise tour of the SOIL nursery outside of Cap-Haitien. Listen closely and you might hear some tree cocks! Do you want to support this effort to improve food security and reforestation in Haiti? Our friends at Trees, Water & People are helping expand the SOIL nursery with a campaign to plant 10,000 trees in Haiti. Learn more at the Trees, Water & People website. Check out the full Theo Talks series.

Send Nick to Durban!

Help us send SOIL’s Deputy Director to Durban, South Africa! Nick Preneta has been invited to present on SOIL’s behalf at the Faecal Sludge Management Conference later this month. This is a fantastic opportunity to continue spreading the word about SOIL’s unique and effective utilization of EcoSan technology to provide essential services throughout Haiti, simultaneously combatting two of the country’s worst problems: lack of sanitation and environmental degradation. Additionally, the conference is a unique chance for SOIL to plug in to a primarily research-focused community, helping move us towards our goal of conducting more research and ...

CGI Breakout Session "Haiti: Lessons for the Future"

The annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York took place earlier this week, featuring numerous presentations, breakout sessions, and discussions. SOIL co-founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer participated in the "Haiti: Lessons for the Future" session on Monday, September 24, contributing to an ongoing conversation about moving development in Haiti forward, focusing on the progress that has happened over the past few years, and highlighting needs still to be met. Watch video footage of the session at the CGI webpage (if you want to skip ahead and see Sasha's presentation, it starts at 1:10:06) and check out photos below. [sl...

The Daily Beast: Lamothe Tells Clinton Global Initiative Haiti 'Rising From the Ashes'

Written by Nina Strochlic for The Daily Beast on September 24, 2012 Two years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti is still rebuilding. But new Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has big plans for the poverty-stricken nation—as he told a star-studded Clinton Global Initiative session Monday. Nina Strochlic reports. “Dear friends of Haiti, we are indeed on the right track,” said newly minted Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to a standing ovation at Monday’s Clinton Global Initiative session on Haiti’s future. “Slowly but surely we are rising from the ashes.” Two years after the disastrous earthquake that left thousands dead and ...