Watch A$AP Ferg Provide School Uniforms to Kids in Liberia in New Documentary
With his latest Traplord and Uniform collaboration, A$AP Ferg is not only putting kids in school-ready attire but creating jobs for women. His new documentary, A$AP Ferg in Liberia: Where Stars Are Born, shows the Harlem rapper flying to Africa to meet with the students and workers and visiting the factory where the military-inspired uniforms are made.
“As a younger kid, I was always given a good life through my mom, my dad, my step-pops, and my family in general, so they always taught me to give back,” he says. “This is an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse to come to Africa, Liberia, to put [school] uniforms on kids, to provide more jobs to the ladies and women working at the factories, through selling clothing, having the proceeds go toward that, and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Chid Liberty, Uniform’s founder and CEO, co-signs the uniform, adding, “I think the idea that these schools and governments have is at least you’ll have one thing that you can certainly wear to school that’s appropriate and puts you on equal footing with everybody in the school.”
In the short film, Ferg leads the women in the factory into song with an a cappella version of his Future-assisted hit “New Level” and imparts words of wisdom to the children, encouraging them to pursue their dreams despite their circumstances.
Take the story of Lydia Wallace, a woman who became the breadwinner of her household after her husband was diagnosed with glaucoma and went blind. Wallace then went from selling cucumbers on the street to working for Uniform. “I’m happy because the uniforms we’re producing here give opportunities for children to go to school, so that they too can improve their lives,” she says. “In fact, it puts smiles on parents’ faces.”
Viewers also meet Gifty Akpo, a 14-year-old in West Point with a love for education and aspirations of becoming a nurse whose sister died from Ebola at 25 years old. “I think my sister would be happy I’m coming to school,” says Akpo.
For Ferg, the humbling experience makes him appreciate his blessings even more. “Man, out here I just reflect on life in a whole other way. It just lets you know we’re privileged to live how we live and even our down moments is not as far as down as I seen out here. It’s just like a whole ‘nother level of respect for humanity, respect for yourself meaning not just going overboard and having too much and being too greedy ’cause there’s other people in need.”
As of July 2017, Uniform has provided uniforms to more than 12,000 children and aims to help 50,000 kids go to school next year.
Watch the full documentary below.
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