Clean the World’s Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center (ROC) has been busy preparing for its Feb. 29 grand opening event, but there is a lot of other good work being done there as well.
Recently, the Las Vegas facility set aside 10,000 soap bars for an essential overseas distribution.
Jewish Voice Ministries International, an evangelical ministry based in Phoenix, Ariz., will receive the soaps and distribute them to children and families in Ethiopian villages where soap is scarce, and diseases are common.
Melissa Johnston, international logistics manager at JVMI, says volunteers will distribute the soaps during two, separate five-day medical outreach trips to Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, and the village of Woliso.
“The trips are scheduled in late February and early March, and we hope to bring awareness to the importance of personal hygiene, including hand washing with soap,” Johnston says. “We’ll distribute from two medical clinics in those regions and hope to provide information about and access to soap so lives may be improved there.”
Johnston says her first experience with Clean the World has been a good one, as she expressed in a note to Rosanna Kingston, who coordinates the organization’s non-profit partnerships.
“Thank you for putting together the donation so quickly,” Johnston writes. “You and your team provided excellent service and advice. The donation request process was smooth because of your assistance. We know that this soap will go a long way to help the people of Ethiopia.”
If you know of an organization that would like to arrange for soap distributions either domestically or overseas, please contact Rosanna Kingston at firstname.lastname@example.org.