We can always count on the official “King Of Crunk” Lil Jon to give us a soundtrack to good times everywhere. However, the “Turn Down For What” artist is doing just as much good in the world, specifically for young students in Africa.
AOL reports that through a generous donation of $70,00, Lil Jon joined with the Pencils of Promise (PoP) program to open Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School in the village of Mafi Atitekpo in Ghana. The school broke ground in December 2017 and was inaugurated in July 2018. Since then 313 students have enrolled and regularly attend classes.
Pencils of Promise is an organization which helps to build schools and increase educational opportunity in developing countries. Justin Bieber has worked with the organization in the past as well. After a trip to Ghana in where he witnessed learning conditions firsthand, Lil Jon was compelled to help. In January of 2017, he shared with CNN how he hoped to improve the learning environment for students:
“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.”
“Kids are going to get distracted, plus, it’s extremely hot. It compelled me to want to do more.”
“Children shouldn’t have to suffer for any reason. 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.”
The Grammy-winning artist says he truly enjoys witnessing the progress the schools have made so far:
“Last year [October of 2017] I went with my family to open up my first Pencils of Promise school in Ghana, and now to have over 300 kids already enrolled in my second school there is incredible! It’s been really fulfilling to see the impact these schools have made on so many of these children’s and families’ futures.”
Lil Jon helped to fund the first school in October 2017 which was built in honor of his late mother, Carrie M. Smith. That school currently enrolls nearly 250 students. Overall, PoP is impacting over 35,000 students in Ghana.