Release Date: 12.05.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Global Paint for Charity
Atlanta Daybook Nonprofit Spotlight | Global Paint for Charity
The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control estimated that 3 million children die each year from diarrhea and bad germs on interior surfaces including unpainted walls and unsanitary conditions.
Global Paint for Charity’s mission is to recover leftover paint from businesses and residences, reprocess it and distribute it to vulnerable individuals and families in developing countries around the world.
The organization is accepting unwanted Latex Paint up to 10 years old, that in many cases, could could end up in landfills. The paint is then donated to various channels for construction, rejuvenation and beautification of schools, churches, orphanages, hospitals and family homes in poor communities around the world. As many as 5000-to-6000 gallons of paint have been shipped at a time to developing countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, Guinea, Ghana and Mexico.
The organization is also working to be able to offer additional items including solar powered electricity, clean drinking water and building of new toilets. This will ensure sustainable and healthier communities.
To date, over 120,000 gallons of paint have been distributed to targeted communities. Most of the paints are from major top brands including Akzonobel, PPG, Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Valspar, among other corporate donors.
The Global Paint for Charity was founded in 2010 by Rony Delgarde, a native of Haiti who arrived in America at Miami International Airport over a decade ago with five dollars, a holy Bible in his pocket and a dream to educate himself and become empowered within a career path. He was first inspired to collect paint in March 2010, when he visited Kenya and Uganda to help donate basic health supplies and nutrition kits to mothers in the refugee camps. He then found out there is a huge need for paint in the areas. Many of the existing family tents, homes, schools, churches, and orphanages that he saw are in such a poor state of renovation that they are not only uninhabitable conditions but also poorly conducive to safety and healthy living standards.
According to Rony,
“We know a painted house can't solve all of their problems but it does give them hope, comfort and positive spirit, builds their confidence and make them feel better. When a house is painted, it becomes the hub of the community in the rural areas; people gather there to network and socialize among themselves. The painted house has become a place that not only creates happiness, but offers and inspires the entire community.”
How You Can Help
Volunteer - http://www.globalpaints.org/volunteer.php
Become a Partner - http://www.globalpaints.org/partner.php
Organize a Paint Drive - http://www.globalpaints.org/organize.php
Contact Name: Rony S. Delgarde
Company: Global Paint for Charity