Photo Credit: Monica Wise
Lucny Joasil, better known to everybody as Tidou, has been connected to SOIL for more than a decade. He first met SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer in 2008 when SOIL was looking to hire Haitian Creole-English teachers and translators. That was Tidou’s initial role with SOIL and over the years he has moved into new positions with our team, each time taking on more and more responsibility. Now, he’s the Assistant Composting Supervisor at SOIL’s waste treatment site outside of Cap-Haïtien.
Reporting directly to SOIL’s Composting Supervisor Job Etienne, Tidou helps collect data, supervises composting activities, oversees materials, and supports the enforcement of strict safety protocols at the facility. “Thanks to the efforts of the SOIL team,” Tidou shared, “dangerous material is safely transformed into a resource. I believe that our job is very important for both the families who use the EkoLakay toilets, but also for the environment.” Tidou went on to share that “all of Haiti and its people benefit from what we do.”
What does a typical day look like? “At the very beginning of the day, the whole team meets to assign the activities. After that I provide workers the necessary tools and I start supervising and participating in any of the activities that are carried out. For example, I ensure that entering containers are placed in front of the right compost pile, that those containers are later emptied into the pile, properly washed, and dried. One of the tasks that I must accomplish every morning is filling up the water tank to have water available for washing facilities and to keep the compost piles wet. Finally, after every hard-working day, I am happy to go back home to my family with my 3 kids.”
Not only does Tidou play a critical role ensuring the sanitation provision for thousands of people in northern Haiti, but he and his family of five are themselves proud EkoLakay customers.
When we asked him what keeps him going in his work in the sanitation sector, Tidou explained that “what we do is extremely important to improve the communities. In the future, I expect that as sanitation issues are improved, people in the community will have better lives [with] less disease.” We hope so too and thanks to the commitment and drive of Tidou and the other 70 members of SOIL’s team, SOIL’s partners, and the communities we work alongside, we’re a step closer every day.