Hilton Windhoek Joins Efforts with Orange Babies

15 October 2019 | Local News

In an effort to help vulnerable children and their families, the Soap for Hope project was launched recently, with the Orange Babies Namibia Foundation as beneficiary.
According to Stefan Phang, Regional Director for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Diversey, they came up with the Soap for Hope initiative to save children’s lives by enabling hygiene through providing access to soap to communities who need soap but have no access.
“We get the leftover soap from the Hilton Windhoek after it is sanitized,” he said, adding that the soap then needs to be cut into smaller pieces and washed before being put in the soap press. Flowers and other products like bath salts and coffee can be added to create a scented soap and use it as a scrub.
The soap press doesn’t use water or electricity and is mobile, so it can be used anywhere. According to Phang, “the project is not only helping communities who can now sell the soap. It also prevents all these half used soap bars to end up in a landfill, having a positive impact on the environment.”
With Hilton’s involvement with this project, Windhoek became the 183rd city and 44th country to join the Soap for Hope initiative.
Country Manager for Orange Babies in Namibia, Wilet Maritz, was delighted to partner with Hilton and Diversy, adding “this will really benefit the community. We cannot thank you enough.”
“As part of its Travel with Purpose 2030 goals, Hilton has a target to send zero soap to landfill by 2030. We are proud to support this organisation, in turn helping Hilton reach this important milestone,” said Martin Voskamp, General Manager at Hilton Windhoek.

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