The Global Soap Project, which collects and reprocesses slightly used soap for distribution to poor regions of the world, is extending its reach in Asia through a new partnership.
The project is tying up with Soap Cycling, a Hong Kong-based organization founded in 2012 with a similar mission.
While Global Soap mostly distributes soap collected from 1,200 hotels in North America throughout Africa and Latin America, Soap Cycling provides soap to targeted health programs across Asia.
David Bishop, Soap Cycling’s founder and chairman, said the complementary partnership will benefit both organizations.
“We have a lot to learn from them and also believe that our unique perspective and business model will be an asset to their operations,” Mr. Bishop said in a release. “Most importantly, this alliance means that communities throughout Asia will have greater access to life-saving soap, simultaneously saving lives and reducing the environmental impact this soap can have when it is simply discarded.”
Both groups point out that pneumonia and diarrhea are common causes of death in poor countries for children under 5, the risks of which can be greatly reduced through hand washing.
Soap Cycling’s operations are managed by a team of interns at the University of Hong Kong, where Mr. Bishop, a graduate of North Cobb High School in Atlanta, is a law lecturer.
Global Soap Project was founded in 2009 by Derreck Kayongo, a former Ugandan refugee who worked with CARE in Atlanta for a decade before moving into independent consulting. He remains on the board of the Global Soap Project.