SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods)
About the organization
"SOIL is a non-profit organization working in Haiti to promote integrated approaches to some of Haiti’s toughest challenges - poverty, public health, agricultural productivity, and environmental destruction – through ecological sanitation (EcoSan). SOIL provides toilets in communities where people lack access to basic sanitation, then collects the human waste to make rich, organic compost. Through EcoSan, SOIL transforms one of Haiti’s greatest public health challenges into a critical resource for its environment."
- Organization’s website: www.oursoil.org
- Contact person: Leah Page, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Project for which donations are sought
"Haiti was once one of the most agriculturally productive countries in the world, but decades of deforestation and poverty have eroded and depleted the soil. As a result, although the majority of Haitians farm, they can't produce enough food to feed their families. Currently, most agriculture education focuses on methods that are neither environmentally nor economically sustainable, and there are few opportunities for hands-on training in techniques that meet the needs of small farmers. SOIL's Sustainable Agriculture Internship program is a unique effort to improve the quality of sustainable agriculture education in Haiti. Students will gain hands-on experience while conducting research on reforestation efforts, the use of compost, and other sustainable practices that improve the health of the soil while helping Haitian farmers grow better crops."
Project implementation and evaluation
"SOIL staff and interns will gather data on a variety of metrics, including gallons of compost applied and estimates of the resulting carbon sequestration, soil regeneration and soil conservation. Metrics will also include differences in crop yields, number of surviving trees, etc.
SOIL is fundraising for this program on our website and on Global Giving. We will use the collected funds to cover student expenses and other costs in our agriculture program."
Donations and crowdfunding opportunities
SOIL accepts both monetary donations and in-kind gifts.
Information regarding projects seeking donations is provided by the secretariat as a service to individuals and organizations supporting the efficacious implementation of the UNCCD. The secretariat (the Capacity Building Marketplace) is not involved in setting up the project, handling the donations or keeping track of and providing updates on the progress of the projects.