So Others Are Protected (SOAP)

Posted by Peter MUIR

Sydney Kamen is the founder of So Others Are Protected (SOAP), a self-empowerment initiative focused on issues of sanitation and the spread of disease in Southeast Asia. Sydney was a young high-school student when she started SOAP as a result of learning about marginalized youth-at-risk along the Thailand-Burma border. SOAP collects discarded soap from luxury hotels in Southeast Asia that are then recycled and reshaped into new bars of soap to produce a sustainable source of sanitation in communities. SOAP works with rural communities to promote sanitation, health education, emphasize community capacity building, and provide an alternative livelihood for at-risk women and girls.