The project brought together more than 40 PPG volunteers, who spent four days revitalizing the home. PPG provided more than $20,000 (297,000 ZAR) and 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of Prominent Paints products to assist with the project. The company also donated new bed linens and curtains for 86 bedrooms and outdoor furniture.
The Paul Jungnickel Home cares for 160 disabled residents as part of the Kungwini Welfare Organisation, which also manages the Kungwini Children's Home, the Kungwini Early Learning Centres community development projects and social work services. PPG volunteers previously revitalized the Kungwini Children's Home through a Colorful Communities project in 2017.
During the event at the Paul Jungnickel Home, volunteers painted hallways, television rooms, dining rooms and common areas with Stonington, a warm, soft brown color. They also painted a colorful accent wall in each common room in blues and a rich pink. The outdoor furniture was painted in the colors of the Colorful Communities logo – blue, green, orange, yellow and pink.
Another significant part of the revitalization project was the creation of a Tree of Remembrance to visually honor and remember those residents who passed away during the last two years. The volunteers painted the colorful mural in a high-traffic area in the home, with each resident’s name added as a leaf on the tree.
“We are living in a time where making a real difference includes volunteering time and resources, with companies having more to give than just their products,” said Nico Bonthuyzen, PPG finance director, South Africa. “Through the Colorful Communities project, we are delighted to not only help transform the environment at this special needs home but also the lives of those who live there.”