• Soap Sparks Jobs, Sanitation in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti

    For the 36,000 people living in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti, there are little choices for jobs. The economy is based on subsistence farming, fishing, handicrafts, and tourism. Young boys in downtown Cayes-Jacmel may choose to drive motorcycle taxis, but there are few other options for them. For these reasons, many young people in Cayes-Jacmel, and across Haiti, […]

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  • World Water Day 18 – Nature-Based Solutions Make an Impact

    United Nations World Water Day highlights the importance of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Celebrated annually on March 22, this year’s theme is “Nature for Water,” focusing on solutions related to nature to help solve the water challenges we face today. While many nature-based solutions are focused on replenishing forests, reconnecting rivers and […]

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  • A Big Problem with a Simple Solution: Soap

    “If soap was used for every hand washing, deaths due to waterborne diseases could be reduced by 50%.” So says the  ANACAONA Community, the first soap recycling initiative in Haiti. Every year, approximately 1.8 million children die worldwide from diarrheal disease and pneumonia, spread partly by germs from unwashed hands. Since 2010, in Haiti alone, 740,000 […]

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  • Distributing Soap and Filters in Cayes-Jacmel

    Surge’s model involves forming strong partnerships with the communities we work in. We believe that in order to make a significant, transformational difference, we have to gain deep insight to the inner workings of each community. This allows us to understand the issues more clearly and work with community members on finding the right sustainable […]

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  • Six Days in Haiti

    My six days in Haiti by no means made me a “changed” person. It didn’t make me an expert on the problems the country faces. My trip also did not make me an authority on Haiti’s land — its wild terrain and beaches — and the beautiful people who inhabit it. My six days in […]

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