Everyday Heroes

How This Student Is Using Old Soap To Change The Lives Of Those In Need

Have you ever wondered what happens to those little bars of hotel soap after guests check out? Think about it: Most of those soaps only get used once or twice, and then the cleaning staff has to take the soap and toss it.

It sounds pretty wasteful, doesn’t it? However, most Americans would never want to reuse a bar of soap that someone else has touched. As people who are fortunate enough to live in a wealthy and developed nation, we have that luxury. But not all people in the world are so lucky.

College student Samir Lakhani came face-to-face with this reality when he was working in Cambodia for a summer. While there, he saw a mother using laundry soap to bathe her child. It was the only soap she had available to her.

Other families use items like ash or industrial cleaners, reports JumbleJoy. It’s hard for Americans to grasp this level of poverty. The things we take for granted everyday (clean water, food, and, yes, soap) are items that would be treasured by people in other parts of the world. The good news is that we have the power to help those in need. Even small gestures (such as donating soap that we no longer need or want) can go a long way toward helping others.

That is what Lakhani did when he decided to step up and make a change. After he learned that over 2.6 million bars of soap are thrown away each day in this country, he knew he had to do something.

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So Lakhani created the Eco-Soap Bank, a group which collects these used bars of soap from around the country, and then sanitizes them so that they are safe to reuse. They are then sent to places around the globe where soap is sparse.

Soap is not just important when it comes to preventing disease and promoting cleanliness, but it is also a small gesture that can help restore dignity to a person’s life. Being able to clean yourself and your children is more than a necessity, it is a ritual that helps people to feel rejuvenated and empowered.

Thank you, Samir Lakhani, for your amazing global contribution. Visit his site if you would like to donate or learn more.

[h/t: JumbleJoy]