Global Soap Project founder to speak at Penn State Behrend

With the Global Soap Project, Derreck Kayongo seeks to create social change. Since its creation in 2009, thousands of lives have been affected, and the project continues to grow each year.

Now, Kayongo is hoping to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

The founder of the Global Soap Project and a humanitarian relief expert, Kayongo will discuss creating a movement based on social change when the 2014-15 Speaker Series resumes at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, March 3. His presentation, “Tapping Your Power to Create Social Change,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in McGarvey Commons and is free and open to the public.

Six years ago, Kayongo and his wife Sarah started the Global Soap Project, which focuses on repurposing partially-used soap from hotels into new soap for needy populations, particularly in Africa. The project now produces 30,000 bars of soap per week and has been able to donate more than half a million bars to more than 30 countries.

In 2011, he was recognized as a CNN Hero, and in 2013, the Global Soap Project earned an endorsement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Kayongo also has been featured in 20 news stories and is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post.

Kayongo’s appearance at Penn State Behrend is made possible by the college’s Student Activity Fee, the Division of Student Affairs and the Harriet Behrend Ninow Memorial Lecture Series Fund. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 814-898-6171.

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Last Updated February 11, 2015