Nothing can stop French Montana when it comes to philanthropy. The Moroccan rapper, who immigrated to America when he was 13, has revealed plans to give back to his home country in a big way through a new humanitarian project. Born Karim Kharbouch, the rapper last week announced that he will be funding a pre-school in Morocco. The Unforgettable hitmaker has teamed up with the Sabae School of Fida-Mers Sultan district by donating a large sum of money to the school, to provide supplies and maintenance for two different classrooms over the next several years.
The artist, who became rap’s first-ever Global Citizen Ambassador last January for his generous efforts in Uganda, hinted at expanding his philanthropic efforts to his home country during the New York ceremony where he received the honor. He told TMZ: “It feels beautiful to be a child of God, citizen of the world, and agent of change. I’m helping the people that need help, you know.” Back in March, the No Stylist rapper teamed up with The Weeknd and P.Diddy to raise US $500,000 to Suubi “Hope” Health Center, a previously-struggling women’s maternity and children’s health center in Uganda (where he filmed his chart-topping 2017 hit Unforgettable with Swae Lee), which now services 300,000 people in need.
He went on to add that he intends on expanding his philanthropic efforts into his home country of Morocco, where he shot the Famous music video. “We’re expanding our platform to Morocco. Building up… a couple of things that are going to help the kids in Morocco. The whole idea of this is to spark the mind of the world leaders, you know. To help them do something on a bigger scale than what we doing. I just feel like all the mothers and children should have the right care. It should never be a privilege, it should be a right.”
This new initiative falls closely in line with the rapper’s past philanthropic endeavors. Just last month, he took part in the Mass Bailout movement, which is dedicated to helping pay bail for incarcerated women and children who cannot afford to do so themselves (he’s already helped free one person).
On top of that, Kharbouch, who was only granted American citizenship earlier this year, also works tirelessly towards advocating for immigrants in the United States, recently donating proceeds from his Famous remix starring Adam Levine to the “We Are the Dream” campaign, which helps undocumented immigrants go to college. “I am one of tens of thousands of first and second generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States,” the rapper previously told Rolling Stone of “We Are The Dream”. “I am excited to lead others in this fight to ensure Dreamers connect with support they need to get to college and make their American Dream come true.”