64 results for tag: sanitation


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 ...

Showcasing Possibility at COP24

Earlier this month, SOIL was honored to receive the United Nations' Momentum for Change Award in Planetary Health at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Momentum for Change honors innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. Recognized as a Lighthouse Activity, SOIL’s work is honored for being a practical, scalable and replicable example of a groundbreaking intervention to tackle climate change. Check out this video showcasing the Planetary Health award winners (narrated by Sir David Attenborough!): Planetary Health: Narrated Sir David Attenborough from Momentum ...

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 ...

Get to know SOIL: A Conversation with EkoLakay’s Merlande Charles

SOIL’s team of over 70 works hard day in and day out to run and expand our life-saving, earth-restoring sanitation service in urban Haiti. One of the irreplaceable members of SOIL’s Northern Haiti office, which serves Haiti’s second largest city, Cap-Haitien, is Merlande Charles. Merlande, who has worked for SOIL for over six years, now works as the office’s administrative assistant in the newly opened EkoLakay depot. Get to know more about Merlande, how her work helps to ensure SOIL’s sanitation service EkoLakay operates smoothly, and why she's passionate about safe sanitation in an interview conducted by SOIL’s Program Advisor Oliviero ...

On Climate Change Mitigation: SOIL Research Updates

As the devastating impacts of climate change continue to mount around us, especially in vulnerable frontline communities like the ones SOIL serves in Haiti, we’re more motivated than ever to grow SOIL’s climate-positive sanitation solution, which transforms a public health crisis facing cities around the world into a restorative solution for the planet. Visit this page to learn about how SOIL's regenerative sanitation service helps communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. On Mitigation: During the ecological composting process, the microbial revolution that takes place in the compost bin eliminates harmful pathogens and transforms ...

SOIL’s Summer Visits to Container Based Sanitation Practitioners

Creating durable, lasting solutions to the sanitation crisis isn’t easy, which is why SOIL is fortunate to be working together with the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA). The CBSA is a coalition of service providers around the world working together to extend our collective impact – getting more toilets to more families through knowledge-sharing, partnerships, research, and other collaborative initiatives. SOIL is proud to be one of the six founding members of the alliance. CBSA member organizations have been sharing lessons and best practices on everything from toilet design to data management for years, but earlier this summer a few ...

A Safer Sanitation Solution for Women and Girls

Photo: Rodrigo Ordonez Since 2006, SOIL has worked tirelessly to bring our holistic ecological sanitation solution to life in Haiti. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, we are demonstrating that it’s possible to provide safe, dignified and affordable sanitation services to resource poor urban communities.  Increased Access, Improved Safety By offering families household toilets, which provide a sense of pride as well as increased safety and security, SOIL is working to combat gender-based violence. One in three women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence and finding ways to mitigate and ...

One Year and 100,000 Containers Later

Every month SOIL’s program directors document key metrics which allow SOIL to monitor and evaluate progress towards our strategic goals. One of the dozens of performance indicators we keep a close eye on is the number of containers that are collected from EkoLakay toilets and then dumped at one of SOIL’s waste treatment facilities. Tracking containers is a way for SOIL to know how much waste is removed from the urban communities where our sanitation service operates, waste that would otherwise go on to contaminate water and spread disease. It also helps our teams anticipate how much compost we’ll have for sale once the waste has been fully ...

Saving Water, Twenty Million Gallons at a Time

Two things we know to be true about SOIL’s crew: we’re data driven to our core and we’re really passionate about poop (or about finding innovative ways to transform it from something that wreaks havoc on the environment and public health into something that combats climate change and grows more food!) So, it won’t come to you as a surprise that our resident Composting Advisor Julie Jeliazovski decided to start tracking the number of times we were all using the restroom in SOIL’s office bathroom (aka our test lab!). She was hard at work crunching numbers to determine just how much water SOIL’s sanitation service is saving in Haiti when ...