We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to improve global health through hygiene. This is done by distributing freshly recycled soap to vulnerable populations through global health programs and partnerships to reach people who lack access to it around the world. We also operate micro-loan programs for small-scale soapmakers in communities without access to quality, affordable soap around the world. The mission is to improve global health in a measurable, sustainable, locally-sensitive way — and everything done works to make sure we create a positive impact on global health that supports local systems and economies and can be sustained without long-term dependence on aid or donations.
Why not?! The leading causes of death in children globally (responsible for 1.8 million deaths annually) are diseases that could be prevented with soap. Studies have proven that soap is the single most effective way to prevent these deaths — more effective than vaccines, medications, or clean water initiatives alone. In fact, simply handwashing with soap can cut morbidity rates from the leading causes of death by nearly 50%.
The Global Soap Project is run by a team of dedicated professional staff and governed by a national board of directors. Sam Stephens took the helm as Executive Director in February 2012 and is in charge of leading the organization. To learn more about the entire leadership team, click here.
We operate our own outcome-based hygiene promotion programs, and we also work with leading global health organizations that have strong programs in the countries to which we send soap. These partners help us identify the populations that need soap and hygiene education, and then help distribute the soap to ensure 100% gets to those who need it most. Most importantly, they help conduct hygiene education to ensure the recipients understand how and why to use the soap on a regular basis, and conduct ongoing efforts to ensure the positive impact is sustained long-term.
Partners include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Partners in Health, CARE, and many more.
Our partner Clean the World needs your help recycling soap and putting hygiene kits together. If you will be in Las Vegas or Orlando, please join us! https://cleantheworld.org/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/