Over the past three months, hip hop artist, Shadow Boxxer has been going out with social workers on weekends to feed the needy. We caught up with him to tell us why the man best known for his smoldering lyrics, is handing out food in the streets.
“I was at the national stadium to do a performance when I witnessed a very disturbing situation which would have made me not to perform. Then my friend Aisha Koroma reminded me to do my job because I had come to the stadium for my fans. Later, she told me about this feeding of the homeless and the mentally ill on Sundays. I thought about the many Sierra Leoneans out there suffering and are in need. I decided the next Sunday that I was going to show up for the needy. No matter how busy I am, I will go. When I can’t go, I will donate and I encourage others to do so as well. It’s not just about giving but it’s about engaging with those in need, talking to them about their needs, and building a rapport” the popular rapper told NewsWatch entertainment.
Shadow Boxer said him and the social workers with the support of a project called ‘ Lift A Village’, are making sure that every Sunday the homeless and the mentally ill get at least one meal, adding that one meal whether lunch or breakfast is very important to them. He expressed the hope that with this initiative they may not have to depend on going through garbage dumps or eating waste on the street.
“We know there are more people in need than we can meet so all donations matter, everyday. The more hands on deck, the more we can do. Instead of one meal we could be doing two meals, we could also grow that to providing shelter, and psycho-social support and we are not trying to force anything on them rather we take it day by day” he said
“Serving makes me feel good, feel humbled and it has changed the conversations I have with my thirteen-year-old son. I let him know not to take the comfort of his home for granted because there are lots of people in our country suffering beyond what he can even imagine”
“What has been most impressionable on me is I’ve met people in deplorable situations who do not even have the mental capacity to know that they are in a bad way. A man was sleeping in a gutter but he was snoring, that is normal to him, but this should not be normal for anyone in Sierra Leone.” he concluded.