Former Refugee Recycles Hotel Soap For Uganda

Former Ugandan refugee Derreck Kayongo is amazed by the endless array of soaps in American grocery stores.

The bounty persuaded this soapmaker's son to launch the Global Soap Project, an effort to collect hotel soaps, melt them and reshape them for distribution to poor refugees in Uganda.

The Atlanta-based anti-poverty activist is among a growing number of people who are now recycling hotel soap for charity. Hotels often just throw used soap away. Kayongo says he has gathered 10,000 pounds of used hotel soap from 60 hotels in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

The bars will be melted and remolded before they are sent to Uganda, where soap can curb disease and save the lives of refugees who can't afford soap otherwise.


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