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1  Derreck Kayongo, a native Ugandan, arrived in the U.S. for the first time in the early 1990s and stayed at a hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What caught his eye was three different kinds of soap in the bathroom. A little confused about what to do with them, he used one and put the rest into his bag. The next day, when he came back to his hotel room, he was so surprised to find a completely new set of soap. On the third night, he got upset when he realized that his bathroom was supplied with new soap bars every day even though they were only slightly used. He rushed to the concierge with the soap bars he had kept for himself. He tried to return the bars to the staff, asking, “Please do not charge me extra for these!”

 

2   He was surprised to know the soap was free for guests and that even barely used bars usually ended up in landfills. Discarding millions of soap bars on a daily basis is something any Ugandan could hardly imagine. It was then that he hit upon an idea: “What if we recycled the discarded bars of soap into new bars for those who couldn’t afford them?”

 

3   Derreck, a Ugandan war refugee, is familiar with the harsh realities that arise from poverty. For him, collecting soap is “a first line of defense” mission in reducing child mortality around the world. Sicknesses related to the lack of access to basic sanitation often spread in poor regions, and in fact, more than two million children die each year. These deaths occur almost exclusively among small children living in low-income countries.

 

4   In 2009, Derreck was able to bring his soap recycling idea to life. He founded the Global Soap Project to improve global health by promoting sanitation through recycled soap. Volunteers across the U.S. collect used soap from hotels, clean it, and reprocess it into new bars on weekends. Soap bars are ready for shipment only when a sample bar has been tested and proven to be safe by a third-party laboratory. After this, he distributes the new soap for free to those in need around the world. To date, the project has worked with more than 1,200 hotels and provided more than 900,000 bars to forty-five countries worldwide. When Derreck improves sanitation in poor regions, teaching people the importance of basic hand washing, he often witnesses tears of deep appreciation well up in their eyes. Distributing beautiful, nice-smelling soap bars helps refugees and orphans gain dignity and respect as human beings. “By promoting sanitation, we are protecting human rights. This is what my project is all about,” he says.

 

5   The bar of soap you used once or twice during your last hotel stay might now be helping children fight disease in developing countries. And it all started with one man who has shown that every single day you have the opportunity to make life a little bit better than it was before.

 

 

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Comprehension

  1. What is the main idea of the text?
  2. In Uganda, more than two million children die each year because of a lack of basic sanitation.
  3. Derreck distributed soap bars to needy regions around the world to teach how to wash hands.
  4. An idea we come across in our daily lives might contribute to creating a better world.

 

  1. Complete the following table using the words in the box. Change the form of the words if necessary.

1 Derreck Kayongo, a native Ugandan, stayed at a hotel in the U.S. and found that a completely new set of soap was (1.     ) to his bathroom every day.

2 Derreck was surprised to know that even barely used bars are usually thrown away, and he hit upon an idea to (2.     ) the discarded bars of soap.

3 Because Derreck himself was a Ugandan war refugee, he knew that sickness related to the lack of access to basic (3.     ) was killing many children.

4 Derreck (4.     ) his soap recycling idea with the help of hotels and volunteers across the U.S., and succeeded in providing more than 900,000 bars to people in need.

5 By taking the (5.     ) to make a difference, Derreck has improved health and sanitation.

 

opportunity  realize  recycle  sanitation  supply

 

 

  1. Write T for true or F for false for each statement.
  2. Derreck was charged extra for the bars of soap he kept for himself. (   )
  3. Derreck could hardly imagine discarding millions of soap bars every day. (   )
  4. Many children die of sickness caused by the lack of access to basic sanitation. (   )
  5. Derreck collected soap by himself because he thought it was his mission. (   )
  6. The purpose of the Global Soap Project is to stop hotels from wasting bars of soap. (   )
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和訳

生命を救うためにホテルの石けんをリサイクル

 

[1] 生粋のウガンダ人,デレク・カヨンゴは,1990年代初期に,アメリカ合衆国に初めて到着し,ペンシルベニア州フィラデルフィアのホテルに滞在した。彼の目を引いたものは,浴室の3種類の異なる石けんだった。それらをどうしたらよいのか少し混乱してしまったので,1つ使って残りをバッグに入れた。翌日,彼がホテルの部屋に戻ってきたとき,すっかり新しい石けんのセットを見つけてとても驚いた。3日目の夜,たとえほんのわずかしか使われていなかったとしても,浴室には毎日新しい石けんが供給されていることを理解したとき,彼はうろたえた。彼は自分のためにとっておいた石けんを持って案内係のところへ急いで行った。「どうかこれらの割り増し料金を請求しないでください」と頼みながら,スタッフに石けんを返そうとしたのだ。

 

[2] 宿泊客には石けんは無料であり,ほとんど使われなかった石けんでも,普通はごみの埋め立て地で終わると知って彼は驚いた。毎日,数百万個の石けんを捨てることは,どんなウガンダ人もほとんど想像できないことなのだ。彼がある考えを思いついたのは,そのときだった。「石けんを買うことができない人たちのために,捨てられた石けんを再生して新しいのを作ってみたらどうだろうか」。

 

[3] デレクはウガンダ人の戦争難民で,貧困から生じる厳しい現実をよく知っている。彼にとって,石けんを集めるのは世界中の子供の死亡率を減少させる最初の防衛線での使命なのだ。基本的な衛生設備を利用できないことに関係のある病気はしばしば貧しい地域に蔓延し,実際,毎年2百万人以上の子供たちが死んでいるのだ。これらの死亡事例は,ほとんどもっぱら所得が低い国々に住む幼い子供たちの間に見受けられるのだ。

 

[4] 2009年に,デレクは石けんをリサイクルするという考えを実現することができた。再生された石けんで公衆衛生を促進することによって世界の健康状態を改善するために,彼はグローバル・ソープ・プロジェクトを設立した。アメリカ合衆国中のボランティアが,週末にホテルから使用済みの石けんを集めてきれいにして新しい石けんに加工する。抽出したせっけんは第三者の研究所に検査され,安全が証明されてようやく出荷準備が完了する。この後,彼は世界中の困っている人々に無料で新品の石けんを配給する。現在まで,この事業は1,200以上のホテルと協力して働き,世界中の45か国に90万個以上の石けんを供給した。デレクが基本となる手洗いの重要性を人々に教えながら,貧しい地域の衛生状態を改善するとき,彼はしばしば人々の目の中に深い感謝の涙があふれてくるのを見ることがある。いい匂いのするきれいな石けんを配給すると,難民や孤児たちが人間としての尊厳や敬意を獲得するのに役立つのだ。「衛生状態を改善することにより,私たちは人権を守っているのです。私の事業はこれ以外の何物でもないのです」と言う。

 

[5] あなたがこの前のホテル滞在中に1,2度使った石けんが,今頃は発展途上国の子供たちが病気と闘うのに役立っているかもしれない。そしてそれはすべて,生活を以前よりも少しだけよくする機会が日々あるのだということを証明した,ある一人の男性から始まったのである。

解答例

Comprehension

  1. What is the main idea of the text?
  2. In Uganda, more than two million children die each year because of a lack of basic sanitation.
  3. Derreck distributed soap bars to needy regions around the world to teach how to wash hands.
  4. An idea we come across in our daily lives might contribute to creating a better world.

 

  1. Complete the following table using the words in the box. Change the form of the words if necessary.

1 Derreck Kayongo, a native Ugandan, stayed at a hotel in the U.S. and found that a completely new set of soap was (1. supplied ) to his bathroom every day.

2 Derreck was surprised to know that even barely used bars are usually thrown away, and he hit upon an idea to (2. recycle ) the discarded bars of soap.

3 Because Derreck himself was a Ugandan war refugee, he knew that sickness related to the lack of access to basic (3. sanitation ) was killing many children.

4 Derreck (4. realized ) his soap recycling idea with the help of hotels and volunteers across the U.S., and succeeded in providing more than 900,000 bars to people in need.

5 By taking the (5. opportunity ) to make a difference, Derreck has improved health and sanitation.

opportunity  realize  recycle  sanitation  supply

 

 

  1. Write T for true or F for false for each statement.
  2. Derreck was charged extra for the bars of soap he kept for himself. ( F )
  3. Derreck could hardly imagine discarding millions of soap bars every day. ( T )
  4. Many children die of sickness caused by the lack of access to basic sanitation. ( T )
  5. Derreck collected soap by himself because he thought it was his mission. ( F )
  6. The purpose of the Global Soap Project is to stop hotels from wasting bars of soap. ( F )
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