French Montana Donates $100,000 to Ugandan Community Organization
Rapper French Montana is doing his part to help end extreme poverty by donating $100,000 to the Mama Hope community charity in Uganda.
The “Pop That” hitmaker, real name Karim Kharbouch, traveled to Uganda in March to film his new music video “Unforgettable,” and while he was there, he paid a visit to the Suubi Center healthcare facility in Lubanda Village to witness first-hand how funds raised for the non-profit organization are used.
Montana, whose family struggled financially during his childhood in Morocco, reveals he learned about Mama Hope through a mutual friend, and his stop at the Suubi Center inspired him to do more for organization officials, who support entrepreneurship worldwide to help kids from tough backgrounds lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
“That touched my heart when I went out there,” he told Billboard of his trip and the reason for his generous donation, which will directly benefit the Suubi Center and local blood banks. “I felt like taking my clothes off while I was there and giving it to them there.
“I feel like sometimes God puts you in a platform where you’re supposed to help other people.”
The hip-hop star decided to feature the fancy footwork of local Ugandan kids in his “Unforgettable” promo, and he has since launched the Unforgettable Dance Challenge, urging fans to show off their moves to the track on social media to raise awareness and additional donations for Mama Hope.
“I feel like when you do stuff like that, the energy gives off of it itself (sic),” Montana said. “Us taking 30-hour trips over there, helping kids and using a platform that I got to showcase these kids’ talents from the dancing to the ambition to the hunger, I felt like everything came together.”
The Unforgettable Dance Challenge has already taken off online, thanks to Montana’s famous friends like Drake, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Khaled helping to push the latest craze on social media.