French Montana puts his money where his mouth is.
The Moroccan-born artist has consistently used his platform to promote and fund charitable causes relating to education, immigration, and health. French’s philanthropic work was celebrated Thursday night during the annual Pencils of Promise Gala, where he received the 2022 Innovator Award for humanitarian efforts in Africa.
French was recognized for helping raise more than $226 million for healthcare in Uganda, as well as his financial support for the Budondo Suubi “Hope” Health Center. The facility is said to be the region’s primary source of healthcare for new and expectant mothers as well as their babies.
“MAKING MORE HISTORY FOR MY PEOPLE!” French wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @pencilsofpromise for honoring me with the Innovator Award at last night’s gala. ✏️ Healthcare and education is a fundamental part of our human rights and should be accessible across the globe. I’m grateful for PoP acknowledging my work in maternal healthcare in Africa. PoP is doing groundbreaking work globally to keep kids in school and make sure they have a safe environment to learn.”
The gala also honored Meadow Walker, the daughter of late actor Paul Walker. She received this year’s Activist Award for her achievements as PoP’s Global Ambassador. Board members Ricky and Lisa Novak were also presented with the Philanthropist Award, while Brittny and Eric Knight received the Vanguard Award.
You can check out more photos, via Theo Wargo/Getty Images, and a video from the event below.