Soap is a basic yet essential household supply. Recent cutbacks in relief, including household items like soap, are making life much harder for young people living in Uganda's Imvepi Refugee Settlement. ChildVoice is teaching refugee girls and young women in the camp how to make soap, both for their own use and for sale to others in the camp who desperately need it. We have only two machines to serve four Girl Empowerment Centers. We need six more to serve the needs of all 175 our students.
Soap is an essential hygiene product. Without it, the risk of spreading illness increases sharply. Hygiene conditions within Uganda's Imvepi Refugee Settlement have deteriorated since 2020. Due to recent relief cutbacks, 30% of refugee households do not have access to soap. ChildVoice has been providing soap-making training sessions to adolescent refugee girls living in the settlement. We have two soap-making machines, but we need six more to serve all 175 of our students in four camp zones.
ChildVoice seeks to buy six more soap-making machines in order to keep two on-site at each of our four Girl Empowerment Centers. The addition of these new machines will allow us to provide soap-making instruction to all of our students in Imvepi. This program can provide an essential hygiene product for all 175 of our students and their children, as well as for thousands of settlement residents in need of basic hygiene supplies.
The primary goal of our soap-making program in Imvepi is to improve hygiene conditions not just for our students, but ultimately for thousands of other Imvepi residents who otherwise would have little access to soap. A secondary benefit is that as an income-generating activity, soap-making will help our students improve their economic status within the refugee community.