After enjoying success with club and party anthems, Lil Jon is now creating opportunities for youth in need.
According to The Grio, The rapper/producer recently partnered with charity Pencils of Promise to help build a new school in Ghana.
Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School is the second school in Ghana’s Mafi Atitekpo village and is expected to serve 313 children. The first school built in the country, Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten, opened last October.
Lil Jon donated $70,000 towards the school, in an attempt to help grow young minds. “I’m all about helping children,” he said in a statement. “Children are our future and every child deserves to have an environment where they can learn and flourish and gain knowledge.”
In an interview with CNN, Lil Jon said a visit to Ghana last fall is what inspired him to lend a helping hand. “When I saw the conditions where these children were trying to learn, one community they had a big mango tree and two classes were sitting under the mango tree and that’s not a condition conducive with learning,” he said. “Kids are going to get distracted, plus it’s extremely hot. It compelled me to want to do more.”
Having children of his own also added to his desire to help. “Children shouldn’t have to suffer for any reason,” he said. “One of these kids could grow up to be a scientist, a lawyer, an astronaut, the president of their country. I could create an environment where all these things could happen.”
Pencils of Promise is a charitable organization that provides educational tools and opportunities all around the world. The company’s founder, Adam Braun, is the brother of music manager Scooter Braun, who is well-known for launching the careers of artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.