Dancehall artist Konshens has donated 100 cases of water to the city of Flint, Michigan, where a corrosive water system has affected thousands of people.
The “Winner” deejay told media reporters that he heard about the developments in Flint through a friend and newscasts.
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Hype Life Magazine understands that he decided to help through an initiative launched by the Irie Jam radio station in Queens, New York.
“I decided to chip in. I think many people making small donations like mine will really make a difference, that’s a method we should employ in Jamaica as well, instead of waiting on one man or a big company to do something. Everybody can chip in small and get things moving,” said Konshens.
Sean Combs and Mark Wahlberg‘s bottled water company pledged to give 1 million bottles. This includes help from hip hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Detroit-native Eminem.
The Game donated $500,000 from his Robin Hood Project charity to Avita Water. Avita will match The Game’s donation of $500,000 to bring the donation to $1 million. He posted the receipt of his donation on Instagram.
Big Sean, a Detroit native, has raised over $21,000 on crowdrise.com.
Meek Mill donated 60,000 bottles of fresh water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, as well as provided money to the Flint Child and Family Health Development Fund.
DJ Mustard teams up with the Sean Anderson Foundation to match Big Sean’s donation of $10,000 in support of Heal Flint Kids fundraiser.
Pusha, along with two fellow Virginians, Dr. Melvin O. Marriner of Grove Baptist Church and Bishop Kim W. Brown, have donated 2,000 cases of water to the people of Flint.
Cher partnered with Icelandic Glacial to donate 181,440 bottles of water, according to Billboard. She also publicly called for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to step down.
Flint’s water supply was poisoned with high levels of lead after the city switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River to cut costs.
It’s been five months since the state of Michigan relented and switched Flint’s drinking water source back to the Great Lakes, after a disastrous trial using the Flint River.
Five months, and residents still can’t drink what comes out of their taps.
Despite testing that shows that water lead levels have dropped in many Flint homes, there are still more than 600 homes where the water tested well above the EPA’s action level for lead.
When the state switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River, it did not properly treat the water, and the water corroded the pipes, leaching lead and heavy metal into the drinking water supply.
Even though the water switched back, the pipes are damaged, and lead-tainted water, which can stunt childhood development and affect nearly every part of the body, is still coming out of taps in some areas.
Reports out of Flint reveal that as many as 12,000 children may be exposed to the city’s tainted water, caused by lead from aging pipes.
The crisis, which had its genesis in 2014, came to a head in early January. It forced Michigan’s Mayor Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency on January 5.
President Barack Obama committed US$5 million in Federal assistance to Flint, which has a population of just over 100,000 people.
Irie Jam has partnered with several Jamaican companies in the United States to donate water to Flint, Michigan’s seventh-largest city.