Superstar reggae artiste Buju Banton has established a foundation which aims to ensure that at-risk youths, from newborn to 20 years old, have equal opportunities to succeed, through skills training and educational opportunities, according to news reports.
“Born in abject poverty, I know what it is for a child to go without basic necessities. I also know what it is to be a youth with big dreams and lots of determination,” the Grammy-winning artiste said in a media statement.
Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, said that many youths are daunted and are unable to achieve their destiny due to lack of a helping hand. He said the foundation will assist through provision of food, clothing, healthcare and education.
“Jah has blessed me. I have made it my mission, through the Buju Banton Foundation, to help by giving light to youth living in the darkness of poverty,” he said.
The Buju Banton Foundation was founded as a public charity in 2019.
The foundation initiatives is to implement programs that will provide skills training, talent development, educational empowerment, and other sustainable assistance to youth in Jamaica.