Derreck Kayongo is a former refugee who left Uganda during the Idi Amin era and lived in Kenya with his family, eventually finding his way to the United States. He is now a United States citizen.
In response to his past, Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project, a Non Profit organization that recycles partially used hotel soap and makes new soap. This soap is then shipped to refugee camps where this is an incredible need for proper sanitation. Two million children die every year from respiratory diseases and diarrhea. Kayongo has built this organization with the belief that global poverty requires innovation and entrepreneurship like any successful business.
During his career, Kayongo has worked for Amnesty International, where he was the Southern Regional Director; American Friends Service Committee as the South African Peace Education Program Director and CARE International as the Senior Advocacy Regional Coordinator.
As an Executive and Development expert, Kayongo leverages his skills in Advocacy and Constituency Building to develop strategic social campaigns for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing to make a profound contribution in raising awareness aimed at permanent solutions to end extreme global poverty. Derreck says this journey has taught him one simple lesson: When you find yourself in a potentially negative life changing moment, do not focus on the ugliness of the situation, rather determine to learn from it and where possible use the situation to advance humanity and you will be rewarded for your gumption.
Ongoing - Global Soap Project
February 21, 2013 Huffington Post "In Grand Command of the Titanic... Are You?"
March 21, 2013 "CNN Hero shares vision of hope for Uganda"
March 22, 2012 FavoriteThingsForACause "Saluting Derreck Kayongo: Saving Lives with a Bar of Soap ..."
Februrary 21, 2012 Global Atlanta "Global Soap Project Names Executive Director"
August 16, 2011 Patch "Kalliste Soap Shop Helps Clean Up a Global Mess"
March 3, 2011 Today's Medical Developments "You Can do Anything!"
Feb 25, 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle "Global soap project a clean sweep for hotels"
Dec 20, 2010 WSBTV "Atlanta Man Recycles Soap To Prevent Deadly Diseases Overseas"
Dec 1, 2010 Atlanta Journal Constitution "Soap on the road to aid charity"
Nov 29, 2010 Atlanta Journal Constitution "Soap Goes Global"
January 21, 2010 Global Atlanta "Soap Project Sends First Batch to Africa"