Voice of America: Turning Apathy and Pollution Into Valuable Resources in Haiti with Dr. Sasha Kramer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SOIL and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life with Kate Ebner, Voice of America, April 16, 2012
In 2010, UNICEF reported that only 10% of rural Haitians and less than 25% of those in cities had access to adequate sanitation facilities. People are forced to find ways to dispose of their wastes, often in the ocean, rivers, ravines, plastic bags, or abandoned houses. At the same time, agricultural output is low due to poor soil fertility, soil erosion and lack of fertilizers. Since 2006, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), has been bringing EcoSAN (Ecological Sanitation) to Haiti – a low-cost approach to sanitation where human wastes are collected, composted and recycled for use in agriculture and reforestation. Recognized by Huffington Post as a “Greatest Person of the Day,” the work of this National Geographic Explorer is inspiring. Join guest host Erin Doherty Gregg to hear how Dr. Sasha Kramer is working with disempowered people and discarded materials, turning apathy and pollution into valuable resources.