Clean the World
Approximately 6,000 children under the age of five die every day from diseases that result from poor hygiene. Respiratory infections like pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases are prevalent in communities struggling with poverty. Many of these deaths could be prevented if families were educated on the dangers posed by germs and had access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. In fact, studies show that hand washing with soap and water is the single most effective way to prevent hygiene related deaths, reducing morbidity rates by 50% or more. Therefore, Clean the World Foundation has chosen to focus our efforts on comprehensive Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives that address the complex needs of impoverished communities.
How does Clean the World accomplish this? Each day, about 2.6 million bars of soap are thrown out by hotels in the United States. To keep this enormous amount of waste from going to the landfill, Clean the World partners with more than 5,000 hotels and 500 event partners to collect and recycle soap. The soap is sorted, processed and repackaged into hygiene kits that are sent to people living in poverty around the world.
This Aprile while attending the IACBE Annual Conference in Las Vegas our Peregrine team members had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and help assist Clean the World in their unique mission.