At church last Sunday we learned about the Global Soap Project which was started by Derreck Kayongo. Derreck is originally from Uganda but is now an American citizen who’s striving “to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.” He got the idea for the Global Soap Project when he first came to America in the 90s; he was amazed that the hotel he stayed in was replenishing his soap every day, even though it was hardly used.
Afraid that the hotel would charge him for all that soap, he went to speak to the concierge about it. The concierge just laughed and told him that the hotel throws away the soaps not used every day. It saddened him because so many people in third world countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland need soap so badly.
Soap is expensive in those countries but is a vital first step in fighting off diseases. Not being able to wash your hands leads to sickness and the cost of a hospital visit is often too high a price to pay and people are dying merely because they didn’t have soap.
Derreck’s Global Soap Project is making strides to overcoming that problem. They gather barely used soap from hotels, sanitize the soap and reprocess it into new bars of soap and ship it to third world countries in need.
You can help further his project by going to CNN’s Heroes 2011 site and voting for Derreck’s project up to ten times a day from now until December 7th. The winner will be announced on December 11. Please take a moment to vote for Derreck–with only a few minutes each day, you can help make a difference in a child’s life.