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April 16th 2012: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 (2011)

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

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Sasha Kramer

Dr. Sasha Kramer is an ecologist and human rights observer who has been working in Haiti since 2004. In 2006 she received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University and co-founded Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), a non-profit dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. She coordinated an ecological sanitation project in Haiti in collaboration with Stanford’s Engineers for a Sustainable World. She is an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Miami. She teaches an intersession course called Sustainable Development Challenges in Haiti: from Theory to Practice.
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