Hua Hin, July 2017: Anantara Hua Hin Resort proudly started a Soap for Hope CSR programme. To launch the project, team members and hotel guests took part in a soap recycling workshop and donated the re-used soap bars to local school children. Students also enjoyed an educational workshop and are now benefitting from extensive renovations to their school thanks to the Anantara team.
Soap for Hope is a project that enriches lives and saves waste. Over 2.5 billion people around the world still lack proper sanitation and the programme aims to change this through recycling and donation. Over seven million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. Every year hotels generate tonnes of solid soap waste. In response, Soap for Hope was created to teach at-risk communities to salvage hotel soap slivers and turn them into new soap bars. The charitable programme enables hygiene which save lives, by providing communities at risk with access to soap. The recycling project provides local communities with a livelihood, and also helps hotels to reduce waste by turning used soap into something useful again.
Soap is recovered from Sealed Air hotel customers, which are Soap for Hope programme partners, and then transported to a local site where residents reprocess it using an innovative but simple cold-press method. The new soap is then transported to communities in need and distributed, thereby eliminating waste, improving cleanliness and creating new job opportunities for underprivileged communities. Community involvement plays a key role, and demonstrating its commitment to supporting local people and environmental care, Anantara Hua Hin Resort is proud to participate in this important project.
To launch its Soap for Hope CSR programme, Anantara Hua Hin invited guests to join resort team members for an inspirational day of education and giving back to the local community, supported by Sealed Air based in Thailand. The day began with a two-hour soap making workshop at Anantara Hua Hin, learning how to recycle used hotel soaps into new soap bars. Resort team members and guests recycled a massive 20kg of used soap into 120 soap bars.
The afternoon was spent at Pa-La-U – an underprivileged community where the new soaps were distributed to Thoumnobphaeo School, which is attended by 86 kindergarten and primary students. The Anantara team also trained the teachers and students to remake used soap, with 15 school children assisting to clean and cut the used hotel soap to be mixed, compressed and packed to make new useable soap bars. The day ended with a relaxing trip to Pa-La-U Waterfall, before returning back to the resort.
In addition to the Soap for Hope activity, a budget of THB 189,125 was used to renovate and provide new equipment for Thoumnobphaeo School. The computer room was given new electric and LAN systems, computers were repaired and programmed, a printer was donated and a new sign for computer information was made. The medical room was refurbished with a new partition, curtain and door, two new medical beds and fans, first aid signage, new flooring and repainted cabinets. The school shop was given a new partition and the cabinets were repaired and repainted. The school music room received a new carpet and instrument signage. Seven classrooms were cleaned, the ceilings repainted, new wallpaper and flooring installed and the tables and chairs repainted. The school’s public areas and toilets were cleaned and repainted. The garden was re-landscaped and new trees planted.
Manish Jha, General Manager of Anantara Hua Hin Resort, comments – “The launch of Anantara Hua Hin Resort’s Soap for Hope CSR programme provided a uniquely rewarding experience, in which resort team members and guests worked together to help save the environment and better the lives of children in need. While the renovations we undertook at Thoumnobphaeo School ensure that the students can learn and play in a safer, cleaner, more beautiful and better equipped environment, paving the way for a brighter future.”