When the global pandemic first took roots in Singapore, SGStrong grantee Jeremy Chia and his team at Soap Cycling SG found themselves in a unique position to ensure we all kept clean and safe. With their expertise in recycling used soap bars, they rallied their volunteers and sought out strategic partners to recycle and redistribute soap bars to those who needed it most: the migrant worker and low-income communities.
“Our migrant worker community and vulnerable individuals work tirelessly for Singapore to support our industries and develop our infrastructure. We believe distributing an essential resource like soap presents a tangible means for them to keep clean, especially in times like these, and to defray their living costs.”— Jeremy Chia, Soap Cycling
Responding quickly to the pandemic, the folks at Soap Cycling SG recycled and distributed a whopping 300 kilograms of soap to 1,000 migrant workers and low-income families. This was especially helpful in a time when hygiene supplies were in short supply. Thanks to their ground work with partnering community agencies, Jeremy and his team were also able to better understand the needs of the diverse groups, ensuring that they left no stone unturned.
Achieving these impact numbers is no mean feat, and Jeremy credits their extraordinary teamwork for being able to produce and distribute that many. When an initiative is community-centric, it did not matter than his team came from all walks of life. They were united by a common goal and a desire to help those who might have been left behind.
We hope that Jeremy and his team’s project will inspire you to care for the marginalised communities around you. Together, we are stronger than COVID-19.