Did you know that nearly 150 million gallons of paints end up as waste in The United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand combined? At the same time, nearly 2.5 billion people in developing countries live on less than $2 a day can’t save enough to buy a gallon of paint. When people paint their home or a plant is closed, they have a lot of "paint." Unfortunately, some of this "paint" is perfectly new or half-full that could be donated to community in need rather than thrown away. Today, we've mobilized over 200 companies across 25 states in the U.S. and 5 countries to donate their non-consumable paint for our humble cause. As many as 5000-to-6000 gallons of paint have been shipped at a time to 18 countries in West Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and war-torn areas of the Middle East and beyond -- even places like New York, Chicago, Indiana, Westside Community Atlanta, New Orleans, and Broward Community in Florida suffering from floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters -- have received great number of gallons of paint donations from Global Paint for Charity. The paint beautifies dilapidated schools, churches and family homes in poor communities. Also, our organization contributes to both the United States and third world countries economy because every time a shipment of paint has been sent to the third world countries in the South Pacific, Africa, and central America, Global Paint hires a shipping company, employs a number of local workers who arrange for shipments to be sent and workers who will receive the shipment in their hometowns. After all, it's a win-win situation for both businesses and individuals everywhere!
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 collective effort to recycle post-consumer Latex paint. We collect, 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. Crazy, right? 6 years ago Rony Delgarde founded the organization to help change the statistic and hopefully beautify the world. Now is your chance to help us brighten more and supporting the cause. Please help us raise awareness about this important cause.
Not only recycling paint help protect the environment, create jobs, brighten their future 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. Also, the organization and our collaborations support small business owners, and create a Microfinance program to help the local underprivileged people to launch a small paint business and assist them to realize their dreams.
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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