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Be a Soaper Hero #2 | Send Soap to Bandung, Indonesia!

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Help us send soap to Bandung, Indonesia!


Campaign launched: April 25, 2019


 

Situation:

In the island nation of Indonesia, 28 million citizens live under the poverty line, often living day-to-day with shortages of foodstuffs, unhygienic environments and a lack of social activities. Rural poverty is a particularly serious issue as the rural poverty rate can be as high as 30%. In the remote, rural regions of Cimenyan Bandung, West Java, many households encounter difficulties in gaining access to clean water due to inadequate water supply and sanitation systems. Living below the poverty line, many families spend their earned income on food and shelter, placing a lower priority on hygiene and sanitation supplies. Often faced with poor living conditions and surrounded by landfill waste, their lack of sanitation and hygiene resources reinforces the spread of deadly diseases such as cholera, pneumonia, and diarrhea in these regions, particularly affecting the vulnerable communities. These diseases are the most common killers of children under 5 years old in Indonesia!

How can we help?

Soap Cycling is partnering with an Indonesia-based, non-profit organization operating in Bandung, West Java: Yayasan Odesa Indonesia (YOI). YOI focuses on improving the lives of the rural communities in and around the area through several programs ranging from book donations to improve children’s literacy to facilitating the repair of deteriorated houses. YOI has recently started another initiative called “Mandi, Cuci, Kakus.” This means “Shower, Wash, Toilet” and the aim of this initiative is to build water sources, pipes, and sanitation facilities for village residents in the area’s many slum communities. In the past, they have also distributed soaps to the local communities there (see picture below).

Soap Cycling’s collaboration with YOI to ship our reprocessed soap bars to the local communities would bolster this initiative and create a tremendous positive impact. Soap is one of the most important yet underrated tools in the fight against disease. Combining access to clean water with soap will significantly improve hygiene and health in the region. Seeing this need in Bandung, Soap Cycling is calling for support to fund the shipment of 500 kg or 12,500 bars of soaps to serve those communities in need for use in their newly-constructed sanitation facilities. If a Bandung household (usually around 4-6 people) received soap for a year, that would save them an estimated $200 HKD, money that then could be used for other necessities - reconstruction of shelter, education, healthcare, clothes, etc.


Where will the proceeds go?

Every dollar collected from this campaign will sponsor the shipment of soap to YOI in Indonesia to tackle the lack of access to sanitation and hygiene resources in the rural regions of Java. Soap Cycling’s largest expense is the shipping of reprocessed soap to its distribution partners in the field. The charities we are working with are mostly small and local, without extra funds to help cover the logistics costs.

Soap Cycling will be shipping five boxes, each containing approximately 2,500 bars of soap. Each box has a shipping cost of 750 HKD from our warehouse to West Java, Indonesia. Surplus funds raised will be used to sustain shipping soap to Indonesia in the future. In total, we will be transporting 12,500 bars of soap, of which the local distribution will be carried out by YOI on a rolling basis, which is more effective than handing a bulk amount to the families in need.

Why Soap Cycling?

Soap Cycling, Asia's largest soap recycling charity, has already shipped 2.5 million bars of soap to charity partners across Asia helping provide WASH (water sanitation hygiene) resources to underprivileged communities, who are often cut off from the region’s rapid growth. Founded by students at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2012, our mission focuses on youth empowerment, promoting sustainability, and improving lives through increased access to sanitation and hygiene resources, namely soap. 

Four months ago, the Soaper Hero story began when you helped us raise over $15,000 HKD to fund the distribution of soap to the Philippines, aiding with Typhoon Mangkhut relief. Because of your generosity, Soap Cycling was able to distribute 2,090 kilograms of soap which is approximately 52,250 bars of soap. As seen below, soap was distributed to various NGOs as well as through the help of various real-life Soaper Heroes! Soap Cycling looks forward to continuing this success in Indonesia with your help!

 

 

A donation of $100 HKD will fund the distribution of soap to 20 people for one year!

Please help us spread the word with friends and family on Instagram by the #BeASoaperHero and share our Facebook posts.

Let's see where we can take this! 

 

 

Funds raised on this page will go to:

Soap Cycling

Putting recycled soap into the hands who need it the most - saving the environment, empowering the community and promoting hygiene.

Get Perks
  • $5,000 Of Goodwill

    HKD 5000      Goodwill

    - You are contributing in shipping about 667 kilograms of soap, which is enough for 1,333 people a year.
    - Digital certificate highlighting the contribution
    - An opportunity to attend a warehouse tour of Soap Cycling HK
    - An opportunity to attend a private volunteer or team-building event
    - An honourable mention on our social media pages
    - A hand-written thank you note

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  • $1,000 Of Goodwill

    HKD 1000      Goodwill

    - You are contributing in shipping about 133 kilograms of soap which is enough for 267 people a year.
    - Digital certificate highlighting the contribution
    - An opportunity to attend a warehouse tour of Soap Cycling HK
    - An opportunity to attend a private volunteer or team-building event
    - A hand-written thank you note

    3 claimed

  • $500 Of Goodwill

    HKD 500      Goodwill

    - You are contributing in shipping about 66.5 kilograms of soap which is enough for 133 people a year.
    - Digital certificate highlighting the contribution
    - An opportunity to attend a warehouse tour of Soap Cycling HK
    - A hand-written thank you note

    1 claimed

  • $250 Of Goodwill

    HKD 250      Goodwill

    - You are contributing in shipping about 33 kilograms of soap which is enough for 66 people a year!
    - A hand-written thank you note

    3 claimed