Throughout the past few months, you may have seen signs and posters advertising and asking students for help painting pots.
SOIL, or Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, is an organization committed to providing healthy lifestyles by transforming waste into resources. They achieve this through EcoSan, or Eco-Sanitation, in which human waste is returned to the soil in a useable, healthy form.
As many of you remember, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. The 7.0 magnitude quake killed over 230,000 of Haiti’s people, and destroyed many towns and villages. Five years later, the country is still trying to recover, and is slow to do so.
Although SOIL has been in operation since 2006, the effort to aid Haiti became more important to many in the wake of the earthquake, and SOIL has been a strong organization that has done many things to help the affected families and towns. In particular, SOIL is unique in that 90% of its’ employees are Haitian, and all supplies purchased are from Haitian companies, to help revitalize Haiti’s economy and infrastructure.
D’Youville College is doing their part by painting terra cotta pots, and selling them. The proceeds directly benefit the SOIL Project, and will go straight to Haiti to provide services for those in need. Some pots also come with soil or seeds, so you can grow a plant, or give it as a gift to someone special.
Either way, this is one of the many reasons why I am proud to call D’Youville “home”. It seems as if every week, a club or organization is holding a fundraiser to help a fantastic cause. Even if you can’t physically perform service, DYC makes it easy for you to do your part by donating. In our mission statement, it is clear that we aim to carry on the spirit of St. Marguerite, and from what I have seen around campus, especially this year, we are doing a fantastic job.
For more information about the SOIL Project, or how you can help, please visit the SOIL Haiti website.