"Peace is in my heart... Peace... Peace is in my heart"
Derek at the Global Soap Project taught me along with 60 students this Swahili song after the service project was over. In a large circle we sang, danced, and clapped as we celebrated the work we had done today. We helped create 2,000 bars of soap that will go to Haiti and Kenya. It was not only a great learning experience for me, but 60 other students were able to learn the importance of a little bar of soap that saves lives overseas. After the peeling and mixing and creation of soap, I stopped to have a conversation with Derek. He really does have peace in his heart to do the work that he does. He is a true inspiration. I discussed some of the logistics with Derek regarding the packaging and he mentioned something so astonishing. The bars of soap do not get packaged before they are sent over to Africa because the value of soap is so high that it gets stolen and sold in the black market there. That causes stress on the economy of these countries so to avoid that he sends the soaps in a cardboard box just as we leave them. I respect the thoughtfulness of this entire process. "~ Maliha