In the first quarter of 2014, the nonprofit Clean the World distributed more than 330,000 bars of soap through partnerships with Harvest Time International, Children International, Operation Christmas Child, the Brice Foundation and My Neighbor’s Children.
Clean the World collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry, then distributes these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, helping prevent millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses.
Clean the World officials also announced the results of a Help a Child Reach 5 campaign by Unilever and Lifebuoy soap. The hand-washing program launched in Thesgora, India, cut the incidence of diarrhea from 36 percent to 5 percent. The decrease in this village – known for having high rates of the deadly yet preventable disease – impacted 1,485 households with children age 12 or younger. Unilever has donated a million pounds of surplus soap to Clean the World.
In other news:
- Volunteers from the Association of College Unions International, meeting in Orlando recently, assembled 13,000 ONE Project hygiene kits for homeless relief groups in central Florida.
- Florida’s Sunstream Hotels & Resorts, with properties in Fort Myers Beach, Naples and Daytona Beach, signed on as a Clean the World partner.