You don’t think much about soap, right? It’s an incredibly cheap commodity here in the United States, something most of us buy without a thought (interesting note, though: people on government assistance programs like food stamps cannot use them to buy soap – food for thought, eh?).
But the truth is that for millions of people, soap is out of their reach. According to this CNN article, two million children a year die as a result of diarrhea-born illnesses – and all of those diseases are preventable with basic hygiene.
In other words, soap can save lives.
When Derreck Kayongo, a Ugandan that spent many years as a refuge in Kenya, first came to the United States he was shocked to see how much soap at hotels is simply thrown away. He knew first hand that soap could make a difference in lives, and this is why he began The Global Soap Project, an organization that takes soaps from hotels that would normally be thrown away and transforms them into fresh bars of soap to distribute to those who need it.
If you think so, be sure to go to the Classy Awards website and vote (in the “south” section, under charity of the year) for The Global Soap Project!
You can read Derreck’s column here at Babble here.
You can learn more about The Global Soap Project here at CNN, where he was declared a CNN Hero.
If that’s not enough, you can enjoy him leading a whole lotta white people in singing a traditional Ugandan song at the Evo Conference a couple weeks ago (including Babble’s own Catherine Connors that you will spot on the left!).