5 results for tag: public toilets


SOIL Board Visits Haiti

The SOIL Board of Directors visited Haiti in late March - one of our Board members shared his thoughts and impressions with us. We found his words incredibly moving, and wanted to share them with all of our friends and supporters, as well. Haiti is uniquely beautiful and compelling, and we believe this story will touch your hearts as it has ours.  A 3-year girl saunters in. An older friend, sister, or cousin pulls her back as she approaches the SOIL Board members, who are visiting neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien where people use SOIL household and community composting toilets. The Board makes for a curious sight. Madame Bwa - a longtime SOIL ...

Piti Piti Zwazo Fè Nich Li

Piti Piti Zwazo Fè Nich Li “Little by little the bird makes its nest.” –Haitian Proverb Last month marked the four-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Since January 12, 2010, SOIL has provided emergency sanitation services for over 20,000 displaced people. Over the past four years, SOIL has been privileged to witness the closing of many of the tent cities we service as people have found or built permanent homes. SOIL’s emergency sanitation program is now working in only six tent camp communities in Port-au-Prince where we serve approximately 3,500 people. In the Shada neighborhood of Cap Haitien, an area that is extrem...

Fèt Champèt

Summer in Haiti is dominated by the “Fèt Champèt,” an annual town festival centered around a patron saint. The Fèt Champèt for each town means a celebration for their patron saint with multiple days of music, dancing, games, great food and bustling markets, accompanied often by vodou festivities on the perimeters. Since this occurs during summer vacation, thousands of Haitians are able to attend the Fèt Champèts each year. This year, SOIL is celebrating Fèt Champèts by unveiling our new mobile toilets. These converted Port-o-Potties use ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology and provide festival-goers with a safe and hygienic place to ...

Recognizing a Community Health Hero

Today the SOIL team was thrilled to present Marie Mineuve Felissant, one of our public toilet managers, with an award for excellent work and exceptional commitment to SOIL's mission of providing safe and dignified sanitation to people throughout Haiti. Ms. Felissant manages one of the SOIL toilet blocks in the Kan de Viktim IDP camp in Port-au-Prince. Originally from Jeremie, Ms. Felissant's extended family remains in the southern city, while she and one of her young daughters reside in the capitol. Prior to the 2010 earthquake, Ms. Felissant was working as a housekeeper, for a woman in Port-au-Prince. However, her home was destroyed in the earthqua...

The Price of Public Sanitation

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times featured the "Portland Loo", a public toilet model used and marketed by the city of Portland, OR. The Portland Loo solves many of the problems associated with urban public toilets in the United States: cleanliness, graffiti, damage, and facility abuse. The LA Times article also touts the toilet's relatively low cost: a $60,000 installation fee, followed by $1,200 monthly for maintenance. To read the entire article, click here. The article serves as a welcome and useful reminder that public sanitation is not and cannot be free. Thankfully, SOIL public toilets do not come with a $60,000 price tag, but our ...