Global Soap Project
The Global Soap Project recovers and recycles soap from hotels. The discarded soap is sanitized, melted and remolded into new bars, then distributed to refugee camps in Africa and around the world. We figure, with 4.6-million hotel rooms in the United States, an estimated 2.6-million soap bars are discarded every day. Once this soap has been sanitized and remolded into new soap, it greatly improves the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of refugees, one bar at a time.
Headquartered in Atlanta and incorporated in Georgia, the Global Soap Project was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a senior level humanitarian relief expert whose own Uganda family fled the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Today, there are millions more internally displaced persons throughout Central and Eastern Africa, struggling to survive with limited or no access to clean water and soap.
As a result, there is a high mortality rate due to acute respiratory and diarrhea diseases, especially in children under five years old. In Uganda alone, the deaths of 200,000 children in a single year were due to preventable diseases—a number that could have been reduced by 76,000 if children had access to soap and proper hand washing. Numerous scientific studies indicate that hand washing with soap can reduce the risk of these diseases by 42-65 percent.