Today we recognise one of our most powerful Soaper Heroes: Priscilla Welch and her family. For several years she has been taking our soap with her wherever her travels take her: India, the Philippines and many other distant places where she makes friends and distributes soap to those in need. Thanks Priscilla!
You Can Be A Soaper Hero Too! Donate to our crowdfunding campaign below to help ship more life-saving soap to help the less fortunate in the Philippines.
What motivated you to bring along Soap Cycling’s recycled soap bars with your travels to give out to the people in need? Which cities/countries have you distributed the soap bars to so far?
We have been friends with Dave Bishop (founder of Soap Cycling) and his family since we moved to Hong Kong in 2010. I had heard from Dave (and from some of his volunteers) about Soap Cycling and how something as basic as good hygiene could save the lives of children and adults. Since we love traveling, and many of those places we travel to could benefit from better hygiene, we asked Dave if we could get involved.
We have distributed to various cities in the Philippines (many small, remote villages in Quezon Province and Mindoro) and in the slums of Delhi, India.
What are some of the memorable experiences from these soap distribution trips?
One of my favorite things to observe during these trips are my children’s reactions. We explain to them the need these people have and I can see the excitement and contentment in their eyes as they hand out the soap to the children and their parents. They take their work seriously. I see it in their little faces.
I love to see my children interacting with these kids and although there is a language barrier, they manage to join in their games and play for hours after we hand out the soap.
They remember these kids when we return home and make it a point to save toys, books and other fun things to bring with them on our next trip. They don’t forget those that they meet. They remember them. I just love that!
They also thoroughly enjoy showing the children how to properly wash their hands.
Three reasons to support Soap Cycling?
1). First and foremost, it can save lives.
2). It’s an organization with which one can easily become involved. With all the traveling people do, they can carve out a little time on their trips to benefit the local people around them.
3). For those with children, it’s a great way for their children to get involved with service and to become aware of poverty that exists so close to us.
There are constant teaching opportunities on these soap cycling trips. My kids have seen how so many people live much simpler than they do. They have learned from these people that it doesn’t take fancy, expensive things to be happy. They have learned kindness and acceptance and generosity from those that they have met on our trips.
They also see their responsibility to help people that may be lacking basic necessities such as running water, hygiene products, food, and/or a suitable home.
If someone is interested in supporting Soap Cycling, what would you recommend as the best way to start?
We started small. I think the first time I brought soap with me, I put a couple hundred bars in my carry on. As we handed that, somewhat small, amount out to an indigenous village on the Island of Mindoro in the Philippines, and I watched my 5- and 6-year-old show about 60 children how to wash their hands, I knew it was something I wanted to continue doing.
My family are Soaper Heroes because we believe soap saves lives!
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