French Montana’s charitable efforts have paid off for a Ugandan maternity and children’s clinic.
The star recently released a remix for his song “Famous,” which features Adam Levine, and the royalties are benefiting the Suubi Medical Centre, an underfunded health center on the rapper’s home continent. So far, he’s raised a total of $500,000 for the space.
“Me coming from Morocco in North Africa, I feel like it should be a soft spot for anyone that has a mother or a child,” French told CNN Thursday, Aug. 22. “I think that’s got to be one of the worst things, not having the right health care. When I went to Uganda I felt obligated to [help].
“I feel like every woman and child deserves the right health care. It shouldn’t be a privilege. It should be a right,” he added.
The rapper also released the video for the song, which originally appeared on his 2017 album “Jungle Rules.” The clip features the Ugandan children’s dance troupe Triplets Ghetto Kids busting move in front of the building French helped fund.
“They are like my sons, my daughters, They’ve got a big spot in my heart. … And I just feel proud of them,” he said. “They killed it, they danced, they did the choreography.”
The Morocco-born MC’s desire to help the Suubi clinic began last year when he took a trip to Uganda. After that, he partnered with Global Citizen’s #2BSTRONG Campaign and American nonprofit Mama Hope to start the #Unforgettable Healthcare Campaign. At the time, he personally donated $100,000 to the fundraiser, leading his friend The Weeknd to match the gift.
The center’s goal is to “eliminate deaths from preventable conditions and to help our community to thrive in the face of difficult economic and environmental realities,” according to a letter from Mama Hope founder Bernard Mukisa on his organization’s website.
The Suubi clinic presently provides support to 400,000 people in the region who wouldn’t have access to health care without it.