Principal Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa and Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Center Proudly Present Derreck Kayongo
Principal Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa and Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Center proudly present Derreck Kayongo as he takes the stage at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Tickets are $15 in advance. All tickets purchased the day of the show and at the door are $20. This performance is part of the 2013–2014 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.
He went from homeless refugee to “living the American dream.”
In 1979, when Derreck Kayongo was 10 years old, his family fled the civil war in Uganda for a better life in America. Kayongo never forgot the experience of homelessness and living in a refugee camp. Today he has made it his mission to help save the lives of millions of children in developing countries, one bar of soap at a time. Each year, an estimated 3.5 million children die from illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, which can be prevented through improved hygiene and sanitation. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife founded the Global Soap Project, which donates melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap to vulnerable populations, an astonishingly simple yet highly effective and sustainable approach to global health.
The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly. Sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life.
Since establishing his non-profit, Kayongo has become known as a widely respected global health leader and social entrepreneur. Prior to Global Soap, he served in leadership roles in some of the world’s top NGOs, including the American Friends Service Committee and Amnesty International. The Global Soap project earned an endorsement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association in 2013. Kayongo currently serves as Senior Advocacy Coordinator with CARE International and is a regular columnist with The Huffington Post. In 2011, Kayongo was among CNN’s “Top Ten Heroes” of the year. He is currently at work on a book due out next year on how he found his calling in life as a refugee in America.
Kayongo’s life is an inspirational story of fortitude and triumph over the odds. His world is one where “we must do better,” and his career is a testament to that belief. Today, he shares his tenacious spirit and visionary experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, global health, and professional engagement with audiences in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds.
For tickets to the show, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.
Platinum sponsors for the 2013–2014 Performing Arts and Leadership Series include Alliant Energy, Globe Gazette, Three Eagles Communications, Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund, Winnebago Industries Foundation, Principal Financial, Mason City Clinic and Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services.
Gold sponsors include Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck, Sukup, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, First Citizens National Bank, Petro Blend, Community National Bank, Dr. Gary W. Swenson and Dean Genth, First State Bank of Belmond, Community Auto Group, North Iowa Eye Clinic, Henkel, Historic Park Inn, CL Tel., Country Inn and Suites, KIMT-TV, North Iowa Broadcasting.
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