On Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Show, the Detroit native revealed his non-profit, the Sean Anderson Foundation, raised over $100,000 on behalf of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint Michigan. Funds are contributed through a CrowdRise campaign called #HealFlintKid.
The rapper’s efforts hope to curb one of the worst public health disasters in the U.S. The water crisis is “far from over,” he said to host Trevor Noah. “It’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning,” he concluded.
His experience with lead poisoning hit home; his mother suffered from lead poisoning when she was young.
“It was very hard for her to deal with, but she was able, through holistic care and homeopathic remedies, was able to reverse a lot of the effects,” he said.
Flint’s Water Crisis has been a public health epidemic since April of 2014, when high levels of lead in Flint’s water supply were made public. Flint officials announced earlier this week that lead levels were below federal limits.
Residents questioned the status of a $100 million water bill signed by former President Barack Obama last month, after a series of directives signed by President Trump aimed at the EPA threatened to freeze funding.
On Wednesday, C. Heidi Grether, director of Michigan’s State Department of Environmental Quality, wrote a letter of thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Catherine McCabe, which indicated state funds designated to the writer crisis will remain intact, according to MLive.com.