SOIL's emergency sanitation program provides essential services to some of Haiti's most disadvantaged citizens. People living in camps nearly 3 years after the earthquake lack access to most basic services, including safe sanitation facilities. Our EcoSan composting toilets simultaneously tackle two of Haiti's biggest challenges: poor sanitation and low agricultural output. SOIL transforms human wastes into rich, organic compost that can be used to improve agricultural output in Haiti.
Haiti has the lowest access to improved sanitation in the western hemisphere. When no toilets or sanitation services are available, open defecation becomes a health hazard both to the community and the environment. For people living in the overcrowded tent camps throughout Port-au-Prince, a toilet can often mean the difference between life and death, between the return of cholera and the possibility of health.
Since the 2010 earthquake, SOIL has maintained emergency toilets in camps throughout Port-au-Prince, providing sanitation services for thousands of people. In Cap-Haitien, SOIL maintains 3 public toilet facilities in Shada, a neighborhood particularly hard hit by cholera, providing critical sanitation access to more than 2,000 people. SOIL provides safe sanitation services to people with no alternatives, helping them to stay healthy, while also generating a valuable resource: EcoSan compost!
SOIL has been working since 2006 in some of Haiti's poorest areas to facilitate the spread of ecological sanitation, which transforms human wastes into rich compost. EcoSan simultaneously tackles some of Haiti's toughest challenges: providing improved sanitation to millions of people who would otherwise have no access to a toilet, and producing thousands of gallons of compost a week which can be used for agriculture and reforestation. Long-term, we hope to see 100% sanitation coverage in Haiti.
It is my vision that Haiti will have too many SOIL toilets producing fertilizer and we'll have to start exporting them to the Dominican Republic and to all the other countries of the world. - Daniel Tillias, Community Leader, Pax Christi Ayiti
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,175
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $40,825
Total Funding Goal: $50,000