MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – February 10, 2014 – Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach comprising Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores, shipped 1,381 pounds of soap as part of the Global Soap Project. The Global Soap Project recycles soap from hotels and distributes them across the globe. The soap is collected, sanitized and melted into new bars before they are shipped to refugee camps. The 1,381 pounds represents soap collected at Kingston Resorts during 2013.
“It’s the second year we have participated in this project,” said Eugene Silvestri, hotel manager with Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. “We plan to increase our shipment during 2014.”
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores and Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation were the first hotels to be green certified in Myrtle Beach, and the soap project is one of many initiatives the resorts have initiated to reuse, reduce and recycle whenever possible.
Hygiene-related illnesses claim more than 2.4 million lives each year. Hand washing with soap has been found to be the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. Research has shown that soap can reduce morbidity rates by more than 47 percent. The Global Soap Project has partners in 31 countries to distribute lifesaving soap and hygiene education to vulnerable populations, including disaster victims, refugees, the homeless, and mothers and children living in extreme poverty.
As part of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide is providing channels for more than 3,900 of its global properties to donate partially-used soap, while also investing $1.3 million to the project. Hilton Worldwide will also provide operational expertise to help expand the Global Soap Project’s processing and distribution capabilities. As a member of the Global Soap Project’s board of directors, Hilton Worldwide is also actively participating in the development of the nonprofit’s organizational strategy and growth.
The Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta, was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian relief expert whose own Uganda family fled the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Today, there are millions more internally displaced persons throughout Central and Eastern Africa, struggling to survive with limited or no access to clean water and soap. For more information, visit www.globalsoap.org.