When most organizations ask for donations to be sent to third-world countries, many people think of sending money, food or clothing. But Global Paint for Charity, Inc. (“Global Paint” or “GPC”) is one of the organizations focused on the future of our children and their environments by shipping paint. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded in 2010 by Rony Delgarde, a Haitian immigrant who grew up without colors all around. He was inspired during a goodwill trip in which he helped donate basic health supplies and nutrition kits at refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda and realized there was a need to beautify global housing projects. While there may be more pressing issues in developing countries than the facade of a building, when someone really thinks about it, the right color in a room can truly change the ambiance of a place and the attitudes of those who inhabit it.
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.
Since coming back from the Africa trip, Mr. Delgarde immediately started collecting paint, and as many as 500-to-6000 gallons of paint have been shipped at a time to developing countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, and Mexico. The paint has been used for housing rehabilitation projects including family homes, hospitals, schools, churches, and orphanages, which can get costly since he pays for the shipping out of pocket.
One major factor behind the paint movement is that it's also better for the environment. Recycling the paint reduces waste and saves the country money. According to the industry sources, every resident in America has 4-to-10 gallons of leftover paint in their basement. Sadly, every year more than 30 million gallons of commercial and residential paint wind up in landfills. If one gallon of paint is seeped into the ground, it has the ability to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Our mission is to recover leftover paint from these residences as well as businesses, reprocess it and distribute it to vulnerable individuals and families in developing countries around the world. Through our efforts, we give people the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of their home through recycled paint. We are changing lives and saving the world one gallon of paint at a time.
Global Paint for Charity, Inc. remains a one-of-a-kind group adding color and encouragement to people's lives worldwide. Focusing on preserving our environment by keeping paint out of landfills and water sources and the process of recycling unused paint (harmful waste) and using it as a resource to improve the living conditions of our poor has distinguished GPC as a deserving non-profit to support.
In the past year, Global Paint for Charity and Rony Delgarde have received numerous awards including, but definitely not limited to Allstate’s Champion for Good 2013, CNN Impact your World, AfroStyle Magazine's People to Know, 2014 Non-profit of the Year Awards with Albuqueue Business First, AJC and multiple spotlight news stories. With all of our wonderful publicity, the requests to donate paint continue to increase from coast to coast. We are currently working to secure volunteers in every state as well as actively seeking new funding to support our mission. We are excited for each new day as it brings more opportunities to share our vision with the world and continue to paint the world beautiful. We hope that you will join us in our mission.
Atlanta's Rony Delgarde, the founder of Global Paint for Charity, was recently named a 2013 Allstate Champion for Good as a part of the Give It Up For Good campaign.
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