Derreck Kayongo of Global Soap Project Speaks at SLCC

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Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will address Salt Lake Community College students as part of the school’s International Folk Festival on October 10. A finalist for CNN’s Hero 2011 award, Kayongo will share his story of moving to the United States and founding his organization.

Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project founder

Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project founder

800 million bars of soap are thrown away in by hotels in the U.S. alone each year. I want to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.

Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will address Salt Lake Community College students as part of the school’s International Folk Festival. His address will take place on October 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Events Center on the College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

A finalist for CNN’s Hero 2011 award, Kayongo will share his story of moving to the United States and founding his organization.

“We are delighted to bring Derreck Kayongo to the College and eagerly await his address,” said Richard Scott, Chair of SLCC’s Arts and Cultural Events program. “His personal story combined with the work he is doing to make so many people healthier and giving them a chance for better, longer lives is inspirational and will be a great benefit to everyone with this college and in our broader community.”

Derreck Kayongo is an African refugee and philanthropist who founded the Global Soap Project, a non-governmental organization that recycles gently used soaps—mostly from hotels—and distributes them to areas of need.

More than 2.4 million children die each year from hygiene-related illnesses. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of child death in the world today, and the top cause of child mortality in sub-saharan Africa.The Global Soap Project is dedicated to saving lives through soap, awareness, and education.

The organization has distributed new soap in 23 countries to improve health for disaster victims, refugees, and children and mothers living in extreme poverty.

“800 million bars of soap are thrown away in by hotels in the U.S. alone each year,” Kayongo said. “I want to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.”

Hundreds of thousands of bars of recycled soap have been sent to countries like Malawi and Haiti because of Kayongo’s program. The organization was named a regional winner in the Health and Wellness Category of the Annual CLASSY Awards. The CLASSY Awards recognizes outstanding philanthropic achievement and is the country’s largest philanthropic awards ceremony.

This event is sponsored by Arts and Cultural Events at Salt Lake Community College.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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