Imagine life without soap! It is critical to our health and humanity, a vital component of our ability to keep our families safe. But what we take for granted in non-existant in many places around the globe. Consider these facts:
- 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year by handwashing with soap
- Children under 5 who wash with soap can reduce their risk of pneumonia by 50%
- Handwashing by birth attendants before delivery reduces mortality rates by 19%
- 7 million children have died due to disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene since 2009
- Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together account for 3.5 million child deaths annually. ~ UNICEF. Soap, Toilets & Taps, 2009.
The Global Soap Project began with Derreck and Sarah Kayongo, humanitarians and social entrepreneurs, who together, are fulfilling a dream to help families in developing nations improve their health and build better futures for their children and their countries.
From Africa to Atlanta with nothing but a dream and tenacity, Derreck Kayongo beat the odds, earned an education, and has served in leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected NGOs since 1994. In 2009, he met Vicki Gordon, a veteran hospitality executive, and shared his idea – what if we took the discarded soap from your hotels and turned it into new bars? Derreck recalled his time in a refugee camp in Uganda – where families were vulnerable to disease simply because they had no soap or clean water to wash with. Vicki, who became one of the founding board members of the Global Soap Project, started making calls and assembling a team to support Derreck and his mission.
In just two short years , the Global Soap Project has expanded operations from Derreck’s basement to a warehouse in Norcross, Georgia with the capacity to produce thousands of bars of soap a day. It seems fitting that a recent shipment of 10,000 bars will soon arrive in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.
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