The Global Paint for Charity, Inc. (AKA “GPC” or “Global Paint”) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia which works together with businesses, households and paint manufacturers in a more collective and efficient effort to recycle post-consumer Latex paint. We collect nearly 200,000 gallons of used paint residents and companies have in their basement or warehouse, we consolidate, process and repackage the leftover paint and distribute 120 000 gallons across 18 developing countries around the world. We work with volunteers on the ground to apply a splash of color to the lives of the underprivileged. It’s estimated that 80 percent of the world’s homes and schools face the dreary reality of unpainted walls, and more than 70 million children have never had access to a painted classroom.
Not only can paint brighten their days and spur creativity, but it also has a real health benefits in an age of uncertainty surrounding global outbreaks. Paint can protect against mold, bacteria and germs, the presence of which have a disproportionately negative effect on health outcomes in poorer communities. Paint can even be mixed with insecticide to stave off mosquitoes, which carry malaria and other viruses like Zika and yellow fever that kill more than 6 million people per year.
We have shipped as many as 5000-6000 gallons at a time to countries in West Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and beyond -- even places like Somalia and war-torn areas of the Middle East -- have received 100,000 gallons of paint donations from our humble cause, with Mr. Rony Delgarde, GPC board members and corporate volunteers often traveling to the countries to deliver not only the paint itself but the organization’s heartfelt sense of support and partnership. The paint beautifies dilapidated schools, churches and family homes marred by war in neglect in places that are trying to get back on their feet. Now is your chance to help us brighten more and supporting the cause, as we seek to broaden our mission, using our distribution partners to deliver building materials, solar powered devices, water and other necessities in short supply in these underserved communities.
We currently have a list of communities that are still waiting for a gallon of paint to be blessed with the opportunity to brighten their lives, beautify their communities. This opportunity is a tremendous blessing to these people offering them a path for a brighter future and hope. We know the paint can't help end the cycle of poverty, hunger, and despair but it will help them lift themselves up, unit them and protect their lives. This is just one example of the long-term, life-changing impacts and non of which would be possible without the generous support of friends like you.
If you have read the book or seen the movie "A Painted House" by John Grisham, you have a much more graphic illustration about the value of a family having a house that is painted. As you can see, your gift is critically important and is used strategically to change countless lives. Please remember, this is not just an opportunity to donate your unwanted paint or other gift to a great cause. This is your chance to live your faith obligation by supporting and helping the less fortunate in the world.
For the world's poor, home isn't just where the heart is. It's also an incubator for bacteria, diseases, bad germs, mold, severe dirt walls, poverty combined with poor sanitation. The United Nations Human Settlements Program estimates that more than 1.6 billion rural residents live in poor housing with dirt walls, unpainted schools and neglected communities. Further, 90% of the 2.5 billion people living on less than $2/day in the developing world can’t save enough money to buy a 5 gallon bucket of paint usually costs $89.99 – $130.99/bucket.
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