Atlanta rapper Lil Jon opened his second primary school in Ghana this week, continuing his efforts to give back and advocate for education in underserved communities.
In 2017, the Grammy-winning artist partnered with nonprofit Pencils of Promise to open the first school in Abomayaw in memory of his mother, Carrie M. Smith. His generous donation of $70,000 gave 250 students a place in the classroom.
The second school in the village of Mafi Atitekpo has been operating since July and according to AOL, 313 children have enrolled so far.
Students in some Ghanaian villages are “taught in unfavorable learning conditions,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last year, following the first school opening.
“Kindergarten students are learning in open pavilions with unfinished walls and dirt floors, and without formal doors or windows.”
Overall, Pencils of Promise, which currently works in Ghana, Laos and Guatemala, has helped build 492 schools and 100,000 children, according to its website.
“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 told AOL.
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