A famous Haiti native is working to give back to his country after a devastating loss, reports Afro Tech.
Rapper Jackboy, born Pierre Delince, continues to give back to his home of Haiti following a deadly earthquake that hit the country last month. Despite the fact that the emcee moved to the U.S. at the age of six, he’s been known for using his success to reach back and help his birth country.
On Aug. 14 approximately 2,200 people were killed during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and more than 12,000 people were injured, the U.S. Embassy revealed. While aid is slowly but surely reaching those who need it, there are still several parts of the country that aren’t able to get the assistance that was needed due to their remote nature. With this in mind, Jackboy wants to help as many people as possible get the help that they need.
During a recent visit back home, he donated $100,000 to Haiti but knew he had to do more when he witnessed firsthand the extent of the conditions.
“I just walked through a hospital in Haiti and all the patients were sleeping outside,” wrote the “Pray To God” emcee on Instagram. “I personally handed every single last 1 of them a[n] envelope full of money, but I feel that ain’t enough… Who want[s] to go half with me and get a hospital built? It’s not really that much, especially if we using dollars.”
His colleague, fellow rapper Lil Baby responded to Jackboy’s call to build “something special” for Haiti via DM by replying, “I’m in.” The Atlanta native is known to be quite the humanitarian when it comes to giving back to underserved communities.
The pair’s plans to build the hospital comes on the heels of another Atlanta rapper, Future, announcing a benefit concert to support Haiti.
“I would love for all my friends, family, music industry, fashion, and all other industries, and people as a whole to stand up for Haiti,” wrote the “March Madness” emcee in a post that announced his official plans. “I want to use my voice to do whatever I can to support Haiti during these tragic times and will be doing a benefit concert in Miami. Tap in to support.”