Derreck Kayongo escaped war and poverty in Uganda, and now he’s making a difference for families around the world in a totally unexpected way.
He founded the Global Soap Project, and he told the audience at Grand Valley State University’s 2016 Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference about his experience.
The idea for the project struck Kayongo when he was shocked to discover U.S. hotels offer guests three different soap choices (for the face, body, and hands). After learning that hotels dispose of excess soap, Kayongo had an idea: Why not turn wasted soap into new bars for families vulnerable to diseases?
“With 2 million children dying annually from poor sanitation, I had to take action,” Kayongo said.
Simple tasks such as handwashing with soap can significantly decrease that number.
The Global Soap Project has gained recognition as a leading global health organization, pairing up with Clean the World, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CARE, and Partners in Health. The company primarily focuses on three sectors: Soap in Schools Initiative, Emergency Relief, and WASH Programs.
According to Kayongo, The Global Soap Project was made possible because someone was paying attention to the needs of the environment.
Kayongo left the audience feeling called and compelled to make a difference by taking action.
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