Earlier in February, Prominent Paints and HOMEMAKERS collaborated to do a makeover of Home of Hope‘s newly acquired house. This home will serve as a safe haven for orphans and vulnerable children. Prominent Paints generously donated paint to transform two rooms of the house that was previously used as an old-age home. Time has not been very kind to it and the house had become drab and dull over the years. It was in desperate need of a little love and colour – something more suitable to a home filled with happy children.
Home of Hope is a non-profit organisation that provides care services for abused and abandoned children in South Africa and those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The home will eventually house 17 children, but is currently undergoing repairs – badly needed to get it ready for occupancy.
The HOMEMAKERS team and Prominent Paints offered their time to makeover the children’s recreational room and one of the bedrooms to create a more welcoming place for the children.
With a little creativity, it’s amazing what you can do with paint! We chose to paint the recreational room with two contrasting tones of calming blue. This method of painting is easily achieved through the use of masking tape as a guide. After consulting the experts at Prominent Paints and the compassionate staff at Home of Hope, we settled on two shades of blue, as the colour is soothing, calms the mind and aids concentration. Since the children have special needs and suffer from ADHD, it was important that walls not be too brightly coloured as this can lead to over stimulation and hyperactivity.
For the bedroom, it was important to choose paint that was low-odour, quick-drying and long-lasting. Prominent Paints’ Ultra Sheen range was used on the walls of both rooms because it matches those requirements and it’s lead free too, making it an excellent paint for interior walls. We chose a softer hue, somewhere between grey and lilac, for this room. It’s a great colour that works for either a boy or girl’s room and it’s neutral without being boring.
Prominent Paints, driven by a desire to improve the homes of and spread colour to those less fortunate, were proud to have been able to contribute to the makeover of the Home of Hope’s childen’s orphanage. The staff were hands on and took into account the very specific needs of the orphans, guiding us to choose products that were washable, low-fume and non-toxic.
They are committed to manufacturing and marketing paint products that are 100% lead free, adhere to international best practices and recognize and promote the drive towards environmental sustainability. In other words their products are kinder by design, kinder to the environment and kinder to our health. An obvious choice for painting interiors.
Eleanor Brook, founder of Home of Hope, had this to say about the donation of Prominent Paints and HOMEMAKERS, “Many of the children in Home of Hope came to us as abandoned and abused babies. They have known no other family other than Home of Hope. Home of Hope tries desperately to recreate a warm and loving home as close as possible to that of a real family home. Our new property being an old folks home is in very bad repair. The recreational room was dowdy and the bedroom walls were very dirty. HOMEMAKERS did such a fab job on painting the room making it warm and inviting. Also a lot of thought was put into making the colour bright but also practical for a family room. The bedroom also looks great. Thank you Homemakers and Prominent Paints for helping us to make a home for these little ones.”
To discover more about Prominent Paints and their exciting range of products, visit their website www.prominentpaints.co.za or your nearest branch where their friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you.
About Home of Hope
Home of Hope was founded in August 2005 by Eleanor Brook, who having experienced life in a children’s home herself, wanted to harness her experience to provide support for other children in need of care. The organisation started as an interim ‘place of safety’ for children who were abandoned in dustbins to die, violently abused, hungry and neglected due to poverty, infected with HIV and AIDS and those who were born bearing the effects of excessive drug and alcohol abuse by their mothers during pregnancy. As the organisation grew and developed, they were able to response to a bigger need – to provide a broader and more effective service for the protection of children – more than just that of interim places of safety. Home of Hope has evolved into an organisation that takes care of children in a single residence foster home, provides education to children with special needs and helps them to become productive and responsible members of the community.
HOMEMAKERS and Prominent Paints urge the public to assist Home of Hope in any way possible, to improve the new home for the children and provide them with a comfortable and loving space in which to grow and learn.
Please send Home of Hope an e-mail if you have any questions, or want to know more about how you can support them: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call them on: +27 21 556 3573 any time from 08h00 – 16h00.
Should you wish to drop off donations, these can be dropped off at 3 Fairbridge Road, Table View, during their office hours, 08:00 until 16:00 weekdays.Tags: Décor ideas, On a budget, Renovating