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An Impactful Trip to the Philippines With Caesars Entertainment

Over the past few months, Clean the World’s primary focus in the Philippines has been on sending hygiene kits to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. However, there are significant hygiene needs in other areas of the island country.

Last week we made progress in the capital city of Manila when we traveled there on a soap distribution trip with team members from Caesars Entertainment.

Geoff Gilbert, our director of digital media, said it was amazing to see what a bar of soap can do for someone.

“We distributed one project hygiene kits in a neighborhood of people displaced by a horrible volcano eruption,” Gilbert said. The children loved the kits, and by the end of the distribution we had a lot of the neighborhood out there with us to see what was going on.”

He said some people hid the soap and said they only use it for special occasions. Some kids just smelled it and smiled. Others loved seeing the Americans, giving high-fives, fist-bumps, waves, hugs, and lots of smiles.

In an example of how gracious and hospitable the Filipino people were, Gilbert shared a story from the team’s visit to a center that provides meals for some malnourished children.

“We went in to visit them while they were eating, and one of the Caesars employees bent down to chat with one of the kids. The child immediately started to move some food over to the side of his plate to share with his new friend from Caesars. It was a very precious moment.”

Our contingent included Jessica Rossman, the director of supplier diversity and sustainability for Caesars. Rossman said trips like this have the power to change everyone involved. “The goodness and desire to do well here makes me want to become a better person,” she said.

The common thread with everyone who visited Manila last week is that soap can make such a huge difference in people’s lives.

“These kids had me beaming all day,” said Jennifer Jordan, founder of a Las Vegas upcycling company called BluMarble. “Three visits today to schools teaching them that soap saves lives and how to wash their hands. Such a little thing – such a big impact.”


Beverly Hills Hotel Sponsors 3,000+ Hygiene Kits

Here’s hoping you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with the people you love. We have a lot to be thankful for here at Clean the World, including all the companies, organizations and individuals that are helping out with Typhoon Haiyan relief.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows was one of the first to join in. Since Clean the World put out the call for Philippines relief contributions, we have received three separate donations from the hotel totaling almost $1,700.

In the 18 months since becoming a Clean the World partner, the iconic property has contributed almost 4,000 pounds of soap and about 11,000 pounds of bottled amenities to the Global Hygiene Revolution. And now their generosity will sponsor more than 3,000 hygiene kits, which will be distributed to displaced people in the Philippines.

If you want to join the Beverly Hills Hotel in this effort, please visit our donation page and make a contribution.


Marriott Vacation Club Forms Life-Saving Partnership with Clean the World

Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:VAC), announces a partnership with Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a leader in the global hygiene revolution. Clean the World recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes the new soap and hygiene kits to communities that lack access to these essential items.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases which can be prevented by washing with soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, to reduce the impact of disease and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“This is a great program that helps so many and we’re excited to be involved. To be able to repurpose an item that previously had been discarded to make such a difference to those in need is very rewarding,” said Lee Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer –North America and the Caribbean, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “Our associates and resorts are committed to causes within our communities and beyond, and to children in need. Clean the World has powerfully brought both of these values together with the best bottom line result – saving lives,” said Cunningham.

Currently, 31 of 43 Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the United States have contributed over 9,800 lbs. of soap and 6,100 lbs. of bottled amenities which have been recycled at Clean the World’s three recycling facilities in North America. As a result, more than 52,500 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting 8 tons of waste from landfills across the country.

“Marriott Vacation Club, our first timeshare partner, is a prime example of the true commitment we witness among our partners with regards to sustainability and social responsibility,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “The Owners and guests who vacation in the timeshare villas can feel good knowing that their partially used amenities, which previously would have been discarded into landfills, are now being recycled and given to children and families in desperate need of hygiene products in the U.S. and worldwide.”

In 3 years, Clean the World has recycled and distributed over 10 million bars of soap to families in the U.S. and 55 other countries, while diverting over 1.4 million pounds of landfill waste.

About Clean the World Foundation Inc.
Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). For more information visit: www.cleantheworld.org.

About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is a global leader in vacation ownership with over 416,000 Owners, a diverse portfolio of 54 resorts and more than 11,700 timeshare villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. For more information please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or for nightly rentals visit www.marriott.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottVacCluband find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marriottvacationclub.

Visit Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) for company information.


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