Humans Aren’t (All) Evil: Derreck Kayongo

Dear Reader,

            While the holidays are generally associated with talking snowmen, reindeers, Santa Claus, family get-togethers, bright lights, and warm beverages, it can be a depressing time of year. For many, especially those who are lonely, all the constant talk of family and cheer can serve as a blunt reminder for how alone and unhappy they are. It can also be a time of struggle for those who do not get along well with their relations (something which becomes even more apparent when forced to spend the holidays together and relive old, hurtful memories). On top of this, the savage ways that shoppers treat each other in an attempt to get material goods is enough to make anyone lose hope in humankind. As a bit of an antidote to this, I have decided to focus on some of the inspiring and brave things that humans are doing in this world.

If you watch the CNN Heroes special that airs every year in December (and if you don’t, I truly recommend you watch; it is two hours of television not to be missed), you might already be familiar with this story. Mr. Kayongo was part of the 2011 celebration. However, I think his story is worth putting out in the universe again. For those who do not know, Mr. Kayongo endured civil war and a refugee camp in Uganda before coming to America. Upon his arrival, he went to a hotel and found three kinds of soap (face, hand, and body) in the bathroom. The video down below shows what he did next. If you have five minutes, I strongly encourage you to watch this video.


Jumbled Writer

*Video Courtesy of CNN.


2 Responses to Humans Aren’t (All) Evil: Derreck Kayongo

  1. What a wonderful story of Hope. I love this story. It is such a simple thing – that means so much and with the right words there are enough people (not even realizing they can help) that would be willing to help. It only needs someone like Mr. Kayongo to speak up. He looks happy and pleased – knowing he is doing something to make a different.

    • Hello. I agree that this was a great story. I was just looking through the website and became amazed again at how all of this was one just an idea in Mr. Kayongo’s head. Now it is a business, still running, and impacting over ten countries.

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