19 June 2011

I Need More... Soap [Global Soap Project]

I have always been moved by the fight of the underdog, the troubles of the down and out, the spirit of those who have very little.  (Maybe that's why I ended up in the non-profit world professionally, working for those without a voice.)  But since taking on the role of SAHM, my out of the home volunteer opportunities have temporarily slipped away from me.  That doesn't mean that my heart doesn't still ache for those who get by on so little or I don't shout hurrays from the rooftops of those doing great good in the world.

Meet the Global Soap Project: An organization recovering discarded soap from hotels, reprocessing it into new bars and distributing it to vulnerable populations throughout the world.    (HURRAY!) 

Headquartered in Atlanta and incorporated in Georgia, the Global Soap Project was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian relief expert whose own family fled Uganda and the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Many, like Derreck, were displaced in refugee camps. Today, millions of people around the world still live in compromised environments, with limited or no access to clean water and soap.

Recycling soap is a simple concept that provides enormous benefits. The Global Soap Project raises awareness about the lack of sanitation and its consequences in many parts of the world.

With 4.6-million hotel rooms in the United States, an estimated 2.6-million soap bars are discarded every day. By participating in our program, hoteliers are diverting tons of waste from the landfill and bolstering environmental sustainability programs. Hotel managers, housekeepers and guests become more environmentally conscious and more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable populations.

Amazing, just amazing.  Something so simple and as easily forgotten as a shard of used hotel soap can create change and hope for so many.  Get involved today!

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