Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Marriott’s Sustainable Development Boosts Economies, Creates Jobs

Marriott International has been an enthusiastic supporter of Clean the World since 2009. Their commitment continued to grow this year when Marriott's Jeff Wolff joined us on a soap distribution trip to the Dominican Republic. Jeff is vice president of guest experience and rooms operations – Americas.

Now Clean the World is mentioned in Marriott's just-released 2013 Sustainability Report Update, which updates the company’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report. Here is an excerpt from the "Environment" portion of the report:
In 2012, Marriott became an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects, recycles and distributes partially used soaps and other hygiene amenities globally to communities in need. With nearly 47,000 rooms already participating, Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected more than 75,000 pounds of soap and 50,000 pounds of amenities.
As Marriott International grows beyond its current global footprint of more than 3,800 hotels in over 70 countries, the company is focusing on development which will provide sustainable economic activity and local employment.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Delivering Soap to Those Who Need it Most

Rosanna Kingston is the Nonprofit Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator for Clean the World. She works with organizations that require hygiene products to fulfill their missions, and arranges for the pickup and transportation of soap from Clean the World's recycling and manufacturing plant in Orlando.

One example is World Vision, which provides emergency assistance to families affected by natural disasters, and works with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty. World Vision has an existing water and sanitation program. The sanitation program requires hygiene supplies, so the partnership with Clean the World just made sense.

Along with her partnership responsibilities, Rosanna manages the scheduling and activities for thousands of volunteers each year at the Orlando facility. She also operates Serve and Learn, which is a free curriculum that allows teachers to download lessons related to recycling, soap-making and environmental awareness. Teachers in the Orlando area can then follow up with a field trip to Clean the World, where students see the recycling and soap manufacturing process in action.

Each year Clean the World takes several groups of supporters and corporate partners on soap distribution trips to developing countries. Rosanna coordinates all the travel plans and logistical details for those four- to seven-day experiences. She spends up to six months planning the trips to ensure everything comes off without a hitch.

Rosanna has been in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years. In 2003 she started an organization that provided backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged kids in 14 countries. She teamed with the United States military through the U.S. Southern Command and organized humanitarian missions in Mexico, Peru and many Caribbean islands.

Thanks to those experiences, Rosanna is able to successfully guide us through the distribution of millions of soap bars every year.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You Are Invited to a Soap Distribution Experience

Clean the World’s mission begins with a hotel housekeeper collecting a discarded bar of soap, and ends with a recycled bar in the hands of a child. You have an opportunity to see that end result first-hand by accompanying us on one of our upcoming soap distribution trips.

The trips provide three- and four-day immersion experiences in communities where soap is in short supply. These are areas where poor hygiene causes daily challenges and high death rates, especially among children younger than five. Clean the World is making these trips available to all who are interested in participating in this potentially life-changing experience.

Representatives from Clean the World and interested supporters will help distribute 10,000 bars of soap to 1,500 children in orphanages, soup kitchens, schools and villages. At least six volunteers are needed to conduct the excursion, which will likely shed new light on the plight of people struggling to overcome hygiene challenges in villages far from our own backyards.

The immersion experience will be a real eye-opener for people who want to bring basic hygiene items to children and adults in schools and villages that lack these necessities.

If you are interested, please contact Rosanna Kingston at volunteers@cleantheworld.org. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help save lives with soap.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel dates: September 23-24
Registration deadline: July 22

Destination: Honduras
Travel dates: October 15-18
Registration deadline: August 8