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JM | Nov 12, 2020

Buju Banton leads philanthropic initiatives for at-risk children in Jamaica

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Jamaican reggae icon Buju Banton. (Photo: Pitchfork.com)

The Buju Banton Foundation, the charitable arm of the Grammy award-winning Jamaican artiste, continues to spread goodwill across the island with the recent donations of laptops and a fully functioning computer room for children’s homes in St Catherine and Manchester.

Banton and the foundation, in a series of social media posts earlier this week, said the initiative was made possible with the help of American rapper Kanye West, who met with the Gargamel in September.

All 40 boys at the Sunbeam Children’s Home in St Catherine, were recipients of laptop computers; the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester received desktop computers and chairs from the foundation.

Wards at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester, enjoying computers donated by reggae artiste Buju Banton, through his charitable foundation. (Photo: Facebook @BujuBantonFoundation)

“Mount Olivet Boys’ Home now has a well-equipped computer room. With brand new computers and chairs donated by Kanye West and the Buju Banton Foundation. Blessings Kanye West and Buju Banton!!!” the foundation wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday (November 11).

At the handover of the HP laptops, Buju Banton thanked Kanye West for the contribution to improving the lives of at-risk boys—his foundation’s mandate since its inception in January 2019.

Patrick Newman, Administrator at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home (right) accepts a donation of desktop computers and chairs from reggae artiste Buju Banton last Friday (Nov. 6) in Kingston. Also pictured is director of the Buju Banton Foundation, Rosemary Duncan. (Photo: Facebook @BujuBantonFoundation)

Sunbeam continues to benefit greatly from Banton, and his foundation’s outreach, as the artiste had previously donated his entire prize winnings, JM$3 million, to the home after claiming the 2020 Festival Song Competition title in July.

To this end, the prize money has gone toward the construction of a poultry and eggs layer project at the St Catherine facility, which, Banton wrote on Instagram, will lead to the home becoming self-sufficient.

“Upon completion, there should be a sustainable income stream for the childcare facility and employable skills for wards and voluntary employment for those unable to attend school,” the Champion deejay told his 1.2 million Instagram fans on Wednesday.

Mount Olivet too, as the home has received a hefty assortment of school shoes, football boots and footballs.

Emphasising an importance on education, Banton has gone above and beyond to assist young, financially constrained Jamaicans to pursue their studies, since returning to the island after his incarceration.

He also created a scholarship fund at his alma mater, Denham Town High School, earlier this year.

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