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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.
However, 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.
Clean the World Foundation was founded in 2009 to address global health issues by using recycled and repurposed supplies from the hospitality industry. In 2015, Clean the World Foundation joined forces with Global Soap, a 501(c)(3) global health nonprofit organization employing WASH strategies to address health and hygiene disparities. By combining soap distribution with a new focus on impactful outcome-based programs, we are able to make an even bigger impact on global health.
Today, we focus on ongoing outcome-based access and education programs that lead to behavior change, improving health in a way that sustains the results over time. In addition, we work to ensure local self-sufficiency through microfinancing programs that create jobs and provide ongoing access to critical WASH supplies at the local level. Finally, we engage in global emergency relief efforts, providing critical supplies and education programs to populations in crisis, including refugees and disaster victims worldwide
Since our founding, we have impacted millions of families through our programs and through those of our NGO partners. We have distributed over 45 million bars of soap, hygiene kits, and other WASH supplies, serving over 10 million people in 127 countries worldwide. In addition, we have engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers, who have helped us assemble hygiene kits and prepare supplies for distribution to our global programs. Education, training, and community engagement are the cornerstones of our work because they allow us to lead strategic initiatives that make a difference in the lives of millions of people. Today, we continue to bring WASH education and health to communities all over the world through strategies that lead to sustainable long-lasting impact and promote self-sufficiency.