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Clean the World Volunteers at He Got Up: Helping the Homeless

Clean the World Volunteers at He Got Up: Helping the Homeless

On a sunny Sunday, April 5th Clean the World helped Orlando shine a little bit brighter by volunteering at an event called “He Got Up.” He Got Up is hosted by the Orlando Serve Foundation and is a day of celebration and service to help the Orlando homeless community. In attendance were local non-profits, government leaders, faith-based organizations, a resource fair, stadium concession stands, educational institutions, and barbers—all free of charge for the Orlando community.

The hundreds of volunteers who helped run this moving event were ready to serve those in need, including our Clean the World family. As the free transportation buses pulled up to Camping World Stadium filled with hopeful attendees, we were eager to help. Our role at He Got Up was to provide hot showers and distribute hygiene kits to individuals and families in need. Upon taking their shower, they were given a bag filled with a towel, washcloth, hand towel, body wash, and lotion. Women also had the opportunity to blow dry their hair, paint their nails, and receive necessary feminine products after their shower. Clean the World’s hygiene kits were given out at the event filled with soap, repurposed shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a razor, a washcloth, and an inspirational notecard.

“I love when we get out of the office and participate in a community outreach like He Got Up.  It was a fun time with my co-workers and very humbling to work so closely with our underserved community” says Marti Mosley, Clean the World’s Executive Administrative Assistant.

To hear these families and individuals’ stories, backgrounds, and grateful words was extremely eye-opening. They come from all walks of life. He Got Up was a time for Orlando to come together and brighten their day. A shower is a very personal activity, that’s why we wanted to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. Good hygiene and a simple shower can make a huge difference. A woman of 40 years old told us that “this shower made me feel like a millionaire.” And a man named Jonathan said that he’s been “looking forward to this shower all week.” Another woman told us that she doesn’t remember the last time she looked at herself in the mirror.

These daily routines that can be easily taken advantage of made their week. Clean the World is grateful we’re able to provide hygiene and take part in changing people’s lives. It’s important for those who struggle to know that people are there for them and want to provide the means to help them get on their feet. And that’s exactly what we aimed to do volunteering at He Got Up.

“I feel so good. It’s a sunny, beautiful day. Thank you. I have lunch, a shower, and new shoes.” –Samuel, age 60.

This event is so rewarding and we were honored to be a part of it. He Got Up is in its second year, and we believe that our presence will make an even bigger impact than the year before. We want to Clean the World, but sometimes that movement starts in our own backyard.

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Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Help Bring Hygiene Education to India: Find Out How

Help Bring Hygiene Education to India: Find Out How

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program will be launching in India, but we can’t make this possible without your support. Our Soap in Schools program began in January of 2016. We visit schools and share our mission to children and families on the importance of hand washing. Our domestic program currently runs in Orlando and Las Vegas, and our international Soap in Schools program finished up in Kenya and is now in Tanzania. We want to broaden our international programs and know that there’s a need for our Soap in Schools program in India.

Below are frequently asked questions to give you an idea about the Soap in Schools program and the impact we plan to make in India:

How many children miss school, and why is this an issue?

  • Proper hygiene education and access to soap is the most effective way to prevent common respiratory and diarrheal diseases which cause absenteeism in school children. When students have proper hygiene education and access to soap, they are sick less often and spend more time in the classroom.
  • According to a study by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 54 percent of students miss school due to illness in a single month, and 34 percent of students are unaware of the health benefits of washing their hands.

Why is it important to bring Soap in Schools to India?

  • Habitat International conducted a study that showed over 1/3 of the population of Calcutta – more than 1.5 million people – live in slums with little to no access to adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene. In one slum, 3/4 of the primary school children who live in Calcutta suffered from one or more morbidities due to poor personal hygiene, most commonly diarrheal diseases (NCBI/NIH)
  • The Bihar State is one of the poorest regions in all of Asia.
  • In India, 50 percent of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal worm infections from unsafe water or poor sanitation or hygiene (WHO).
  • Poor hygiene causes respiratory and diarrheal diseases and impacts nutrition.

Does Clean the World have positive results from other international Soap in Schools programs?

  • Yes, we do. In 2016 we launched the Soap in Schools Program in Kenya where there was a big need for hygiene education. Students frequently missed school and sometimes dropped out altogether due to chronic hygiene-related illnesses. After nine months of our hygiene education curriculum, we saw a 56 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 45 percent increase in school attendance. The same program was implemented in Tanzania, where we saw a 49 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 41 percent increase in school attendance.

How many schools, and how many children will be served in India?

  • The Soap in Schools Program in India will be implemented in 12 schools and will serve 5,000 students.

Where exactly would my donation be going?

  • Donations will help cover the cost of essential program items like the soap and other handwashing supplies, as well as educational materials which will be used to provide hygiene education to school-aged children.
  • $25 allows us to train a teacher on how to instruct proper handwashing
  • $50 allows us to serve a whole classroom for an entire month
  • $100 allows us to conduct an impact assessment of an entire school

Click Here to Donate to Bring Soap in Schools to India

Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Soap in Schools program is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program in Tanzania launched in September 2016. During Soap in Schools, we teach proper handwashing techniques and distribute soap every two to three weeks to over 5,000 elementary school children. These children and their families in Tanzania need our Soap in Schools program because they live in areas with widespread, life-threatening hygiene-related illnesses.

Seeing Positive Results:

We’re excited to announce the results of our six-month impact assessment in Tanzania. Because of our Soap in Schools program, instances of diarrheal disease and pneumonia are down 49 percent, and school attendance is up 42 percent across the entire population.

Our program has proven that children and their families are healthier, going to school more, and on their way of breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued their communities for generations. The positive impact Soap in Schools is making globally is something to celebrate. These results are getting closer to those we saw from our Kenya Soap in Schools program – and the amazing results are a reminder that our collective efforts really do make a huge, lifesaving impact.

Soap Saves Lives:

Because of the difference, our international Soap in Schools program is making in Kenya and Tanzania, we’ll soon be launching Soap in Schools in India and Haiti in the coming months. By this September, roughly 25,000 children will be participating in our Soap in Schools programs around the world each month.

We truly are improving health and saving lives, one bar of soap at a time.


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

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