18 results for tag: sustainable sanitation


ONE: 7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

"We know how important toilets are in the fight against water contamination and diarrheal disease. But because of infrastructure and cost, conventional toilets don’t always work in developing countries – and as a result, 35% of the world’s population to lack access to basic, working toilets.   Fortunately, there are a few cost-effective, eco-friendly, sustainable toilet solutions out there that work for all kinds of environments. It’s creative thinking like this that can help increase the number of people who have access to toilets – and perhaps even change the way the world poops." --Jaswanth Madhavan, ONE, November 18, ...

Our Ambasadris

Her name is Joachim Gracius Philomene, but everyone knows her as Madame Bwa, or just Manman (the Creole word for "mother"). But no matter what you call her, the Ambasadris of SOIL North Haiti plays a crucial role in our work. Since the inception of SOIL in 2006, she has been spreading the word and helping change the health and sanitation of families throughout Cap-Haitien. She is met with respect and gratitude wherever she goes, and her word goes far with young and old alike. Madame Bwa is an inspirational community organizer in the neighborhood of Shada II, where she has lived for 36 years with her 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Many of our readers ...

SOIL Welcomes the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

SOIL is pleased to welcome Brock Dolman and Kendall Dunnigan, Co-Directors of The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's (OAEC) Permaculture & Ecological Design program in California to Haiti! OAEC and SOIL were originally brought together by our dear friends at the 11th Hour Project who are committed to solving global problems by fostering new connections. This visit is an exciting development in an ongoing SOIL/OAEC collaboration that started when 11th Hour sponsored members of SOIL to attend the Permaculture Design Certification course that Brock taught at the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba. At SOIL we are committed to ...

Haiti Business Week: SOIL Develops Economic Model for Sustainable Sanitation in Haiti"

February 28, 2013 By Marina Vatav for Haiti Business Week As Haiti tries to improve its people's quality of life and boost tourism, there is one important issue that remains to be solved: poor sanitation infrastructure. Lack of toilets and a poor sanitation system facilitate the spread of diseases, intimidate foreign visitors, and affect the quality of life of many Haitian people. According to Unicef (2010 report) only 10% of rural Haitians and less than 25% of those in cities have access to adequate sanitation facilities, by far the lowest coverage in the Western Hemisphere. Building a modern sewer system would cost billions of dollars; however, ...

SOIL Publishes its first Annual Report!

Today we are thrilled to present SOIL's first Annual Report! For the SOIL team, this project represented a great opportunity to demonstrate to all of our friends just how dedicated to our programming we are. Over 95% of our funds go directly to our impactful projects that are designed to bring long-term, sustainable benefits to the people we work with in Haiti. So much so that we've never even set enough aside to prepare an annual report! But now, thanks to the hard work of our incredible new friend Meagan Choi, a volunteer graphic designer, we have finally been able to invest the time in putting together this stunning report. It is our great ...

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 ...