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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  • by huh on Oct 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    Can you all say "germs and disease"? Nobody shoud be reusing someone elses' soap - especially someone you don't know. While you're at it, lets give some used toilet tissue.
  • by Anonymous Location: wilson on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    Can someone please tell me where in this story did it say anything about the person winning the nobel peace prize? Kudos for what he is doing.
  • by Mags Location: Greenville on Oct 12, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    Chris, you are right to be confused concerning how this warrants the Nobel Peace Prize, however at least this person is doing something to make life better for others. Remind me again, what exactly has Obama done? It's all rhetoric as is usual for politicians, no matter what party or color. They are all the same. Forget looking to politicians to save us from ourselves. We need to look to see what each of us can do to make a difference and get to work, like Mr. Kayango. He saw a need, considered the options and came up with a creative way to begin to solve the problem. He deserves some kind of award and recognition, if not the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Oct 12, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    I am not sure how or why giving used soap to some refugees would warrant giving the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace, none of which letting some refugees take a bath is going to accomplish. Good work though, excellent idea and project to take on. We take things like running water, soap, and electricity for granted. Most americans, myself included could not survive on some countries living standards.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    Now, why can't this person get the Peace award? He has done something to deserve it.
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