Happy New Year from our Founder & CEO, Mr. Rony Delgarde
We’re reaching out with a friendly reminder that you’re now less than 48 hours away from your last chance to make tax-deductible donations for 2022.
Each year, more than one billion gallons of paint are sold to beautify homes, commercial buildings, government offices, and institutions in the United States and Canada. Still, some of that paint needs to be correctly disposed of. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 10% of all architectural paint purchased each year in the U.S. goes unused, which equals approximately 100 million gallons that are estimated to become leftover paint annually. According to the paint industry sources, each resident in the United States has 10-20 gallons of unwanted paint in their basements and garages. That’s enough paint to stretch up to reach the International Space Station and return to earth sixteen times (Delgarde, 2014).
Some of the most common problems associated with improperly disposed paint are too overly critical to ignore. For example, if improperly disposed of, the leftover paints can harm local environments and negatively affect human health, drinking water, and plants.
And yet, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide live on less than $2 a day and could never afford a gallon of paint that costs at least $35. Today around 1.6 billion people live in slums and shanty towns in developing countries; for them, paint is a luxury that only a few can afford. Families often have to deal with bacteria and harmful germs on those unpainted walls, causing many serious health issues for many generations. What is a waste for us could protect and change lives for others. It is estimated that 80 % of the world´s schools in third-world countries face a dreary reality or unpainted walls, and more than 800 million families have never had access to a painted house. In the U.S., home is also where pollution starts with millions of gallons of paint wasted yearly, which can lead to serious environmental problems. This trajectory can’t continue!!
My dream is to solve these two major problems to bring color to depressed communities in developing countries, protect the environment and relieve the residents and businesses of the burden of disposing of unused paint. I created Global Paint for Charity (GPC), a non-profit organization that recycles paint from the U.S. and distributes it across the globe. Building these innovative programs is going to take all of us.
Since our founding in 2010, we have distributed hundreds of million gallons of paint in 44 countries, including 45 cities in the United States, reaching more than 10 million people in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the Middle East. And this is just one example of what your donations have accomplished: a myriad of global programs that combat the issues of paint waste and paint donations for everyone, everywhere. Our work ranges from collecting, transporting, processing, shipping, and distributing paints “colors” to prevent harmful diseases and provide life-changing experiences.
Your donations make all of this work possible. And when you donate today, tonight, and tomorrow your contribution has the chance to be doubled. And with your generous donations, we can ensure the environment is protected from the illegal disposal of unwanted paint while ensuring young people everywhere learn and study in colorful and beautiful classrooms.
Tomorrow, December 31st is the final day of our campaign 2022. Please consider donating today to Global Paint for Charity to help this organization expand its impact worldwide. Your donations will be matched 2X up to $100,000, so please don’t miss out on this special match to multiply your impact!
I am so grateful for your support, and have a wonderful New Year.