GCI Believes in Giving Back
At GCI, a key element of our DNA is the firm belief that it is important to “Give Back”. In Africa, CEO Lamin Bah has refurbished schools, installed multiple water wells, mentored children at the schools and orphanages, and has provided containers full of toys for the children.
The most ambitious project just occurred where Lamin and his wife Kadie led a team of doctors and nurses on a 3 week trip to several villages in Sierra Leone providing the people with much needed medical care. See photos below:
Lamin provided new flooring and desks for this school in Sierra Leone
Installed multiple water wells that can serve up to 2,000 people each
Children in Sierra Leone Excited for Their New Water Well
Lamin Bah mentoring the children at schools and orphanages
Lamin Bah group photo with Sierra Leone school children
Lamin sends containers of toys for the children on his many trips to Africa
Providing much needed medical care
Hundreds of patients in a village in Sierra Leone waiting for medical care
Lamin and Kadie Bah with Rugiatu Bahr (team leader of the mission trip)
Vital sign readings being performed for patients in Sierra Leone
Furnishing donated eye glasses and ophthalmology care for patients in Sierra Leone
Facts About Your Trash*
- The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year
- Each year, 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste is added to our landfills
- Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste in landfills
- Any textile item can be recycled, even if it has been worn, torn, or stained.
- Recycled textiles are either sold for someone else to wear or processed into fibers and turned into paper, insulation, carpet padding and other items
**According to the U.S. government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Why We Recycle
It Reduces Environmental Pollution
Textiles that are thrown in the trash are sent to landfill sites. Here, they can produce toxins which pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe.
It Saves Resources
Recycling wearable clothes lowers the amount of resources that go into making new ones. If unwanted clothing can be worn by someone else, less land, water and fertilizer has to be used in growing cotton.
It Saves Energy
It takes significantly less energy to produce new products from Recycled textiles than it does from raw materials.
It’s Common Sense!
Recycling is good for our planet and our children. It’s also profitable and creates jobs around the world — that’s just good business sense!