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Sasha B. Kramer

Sasha B. Kramer

Sasha Kramer is an ecologist and human rights advocate from California who has been working in northern Haiti since 2004. Sasha first visited Haiti, while still a doctoral student at Stanford University, as part of a human rights delegation sent to observe the first demonstration in northern Haiti following the February coup d’etat. Since then she visited Haiti 12 times, acting as an independent journalist and human rights observer, visiting prisons, taking testimony for victims of violence and observing demonstrations.

Sasha received a Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University, where her dissertation focused on human disturbance of the global nitrogen cycle and its impacts on the earth’s ecosystems. She became interested in ecological sanitation as a means to reduce the need for imported fertilizers by recycling nutrients in human wastes. In 2006, after finishing graduate school Sasha co-founded the non-profit organization Sustainable Integrated Organic Livelihoods (SOIL) based in northern Haiti. Sasha is also an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami, where she teaches a hands-on course called Sustainable Development Challenges in Haiti as a means for passing on her practical knowledge of development work in an academic framework.

SOIL is dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. SOIL promotes the idea that the path to sustainability is through transformation of both, disempowered people and discarded materials, turning apathy and pollution into valuable resources. SOIL encourages integrated approaches to the problems of poverty, poor public health, agricultural productivity, and environmental destruction by developing collaborative, mutually educational relationships between community organizations in Haiti and academics and activists internationally: Building the soil, empowering communities, supporting the grassroots.

www.oursoil.org

(update 2013-01-29)