16-Year-Old Kalisa Patel Launches Clean the World Soap Recycling Program at Grand Opening of Marquee Hospitality Hotels With Focus on Saving Lives and the Environment

Clean the World to partner with Marquee Hospitality after efforts of owner's daughter proved successful

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Clean the World, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, announces a new partnership with Marquee Hospitality. In the initial roll-out of the program, Marquee Hospitality is projected to recycle 2,717 bars of soap and prevent close to 1,000 lb of waste from polluting landfills across the globe in 2020. With new hotels under construction and the recycling program included as a brand standard, Marquee’s impact will grow significantly in the coming years.  

After her father, Mayur “Mike” Patel, heard about Clean the World at a convention, he mentioned it to his daughter, Kalisa, who took action and is responsible for driving the initiative forward. "I have long been an advocate of giving back to the world,” said Mike Patel, Principal & COO, Marquee Hospitality. “We instilled this way of life in our children, and Kalisa has always believed in giving back." ​

John Hare, Client Team Sales Director at Clean the World, says, “I was very excited to work with Kalisa when I learned she was a high school student and so passionate about our planet and the people in need around the world. With young leaders like Kalisa, the future is very bright.”

Approximately 3,600 children under age five die each day – nearly 1.5 million children a year – due to hygiene-related diseases. By recycling and distributing soap and other hygiene products to more than 127 countries around the globe, Clean the World has contributed to a reduction in the mortality rate due to hygiene-related illnesses of young children worldwide (https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/mortality/child-mortality-report-2018.asp).

“Helping people is an amazing thing, and personally, I have seen my own family get sick and I want to be able to help others when I can, especially when we can potentially eradicate disease. Helping others is what changes you into a better person,” says Kalisa.

“To see someone at such a young age take on this amazing initiative is inspiring,” says Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO, Clean the World. “It is young people like Kalisa that challenge us all to do more and to do better.”

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and sustainability. Since 2009, the foundation has served over 10 million individuals and distributed 53 million bars of soap and 5 million hygiene kits in 127 countries.

About Marquee Hospitality
Marquee Hospitality LLC is a modern, contemporary hotel management company specializing in the Kansas City area and now expanding into the Lawrence, KS and Woodbridge, VA markets. We are privileged to partner with reputable brands like Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group and we are excited about the opportunities to expand with these brands. 

Source: Clean the World