11 results for tag: shada


Theo Talks Episode 16: Heaps, Heaps, and Heaps of Children

Join SOIL’s charismatic Regional Director Theo Huitema as he shares a laugh with the "heaps and heaps and heaps" of children in Shada (where SOIL has been working for many years to expand access to ecological sanitation). In this short adventure a kid hops a ride in a suitcase careening through Cap-Haitiens narrow streets. Moments like this make us so grateful to work in such a vibrant and resilient community. Check out the entire Theo Talks series here

Theo Talks Episode 15: Theo Gets a Lesson in How to Play Marbles

Join SOIL’s charismatic Regional Director Theo Huitema on another adventure. In this short video, Theo attempts to learn how to play marbles from the children of Shada (where SOIL has been working for many years to expand access to ecological sanitation). By the end, it's still not clear whether Theo has fully learned the rules, but according to Theo, "this is a video that is not saying a lot, it's just nice to see the kids". Check out the entire Theo Talks series here

April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

Dear friends, All of our long time supporters are by now familiar with the community of Shada in Cap-Haitien, where SOIL has been working since 2006.  This is the home of the magnificent and charismatic Madame Bwa and the thousands of residents that inspire us with their courage and resilience.  That courage was once again put to the test when spring rains brought massive flooding to the community of Shada earlier this week. Flooding is not new in Shada, as the low-lying neighborhood has always been hit hard during heavy rains, but this year there is something new which has put the community even more at risk.  In an effort to facilitate access ...

Emergency Flood Relief

SOIL kindly asks for your support to provide emergency relief to the community of Shada, Cap-Haitien where spring rains have brought devastating floods. We don't currently have the discretionary funds in our budget to meet the critical needs of this community, and we ask you to please consider making a contribution today to help us purchase aquatabs (to purify drinking water), soap, bleach, emergency food supplies, and plastic boots for residents working on the relief effort. Fundraising Goal: $2,000 Deadline: April 20, 2013 Until we reach the emergency fundraising goal of $2,000, all donations to SOIL will be directed to Shada emergency relief. ...

Heavy Rains, Heavy Hearts

Heavy rains last Saturday flooded much of the city of Cap-Haitien, leaving people wading in water and debris up to their waists. The water was unusually slow to drain as the ocean inlet was partially blocked by construction for a new bridge. Brown opaque water filled the alleyways and houses, carrying clothes, bottles, plastic bags and other trash, and personal belongings. Men and women trudged through, carrying their babies and toddlers to stop them from drinking the foul water or drowning in it. Even the smallest of open wounds exposed to contaminated water increased the chances of disease transmission and infection. Water from wells became contam...

Exciting Developments in Urban Gardening Taking Root in Shada, Cap-Haitien

Our beloved Madam Bwa amazed us again this month with the beautiful bounty of her rooftop garden. Our jaws dropped at the gleaming jewels of eggplant hanging heavy from their stalks, tomatoes, spinach, peas, basil, oregano, oranges and more! Her roof seemed a veritable Garden of Eden in the middle of Shada’s concrete jungle. Madam Bwa recounted with great relish the pleasure she found in her ability to augment her nutritional palette without having to spend more at the market. Plain rice can now be diri pwa kongo! (rice with Congo peas). Standard spaghetti with red sauce can now be enhanced by sautéed eggplant and fresh basil. Pumpkin soup can be ...

An update from our partners at Re.Source

As many of you know, the Household Toilet Project is now in full swing, with 150 families in Shada, Cap-Haitien, using their beautiful household toilets on a daily basis. SOIL's partner organization Re.Source is in the process of checking back in with everyone in Shada to gather information about how people are feeling about the toilets. Here's an excerpt from their latest blog post: "The work doesn’t end when you install the toilets. That’s when it begins. Since deploying our toilets in November, we’ve been working closely with our friends at SOIL to refine the collection service, to make it faster, more convenient, and more enjoyable for our ...

SOIL Letters: From Shada to SOIL's Supporters

[box type="shadow"]SOIL Letters is a blog series featuring some of the beautiful letters we've received over the years in support of the work we're doing in Haiti.[/box] Dear Friends, Many of you who have supported us through the years are familiar with the community of Shada. Some of you may have even been lucky enough to visit and meet some of our amazing friends and colleagues there who are working tirelessly to create change in their community. Shada is home to over 1,200 families, covering about 2.5 square kilometers of land along the river that passes through Cap Haitien. Sanitation coverage is almost non-existent and the community is subject ...

Tèt Chaje! Lapli A Poko Jamn Fin Tonbe. Our Hearts Are Broken. The Rain Doesn't Stop.

Today was a sunny day in Port-au-Prince and the SOIL office there celebrated the arrival of new office chickens, but the rains kept pouring down in northern Haiti and Cap-Haitien's streets are flooding. Due to poor internet connection it took us most of the day to get these photos and videos uploaded. A Shada visit revealed flooded walkways, houses, and a lot of people bucketing water out of places where it shouldn't be. The adjacent river was higher than we have ever seen it, even making it's way to doorsteps across the way. Theo Huitema, our dear Regional Director, asks the world to please take note of the conditions in Cap-Haitien and pray for ...

Stanford University Researchers Overwhelmed by the Demand for Their New Toilet Model

Written by our friends at re.source - a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. Article originally posted on resourcesanitation.com. We’ve been working hard to tweak our toilet design in response to many insights we’ve gotten from our beta-test families in Shada.  After a few more iterations, out comes a new design! While delivering these models a few days back, we ...