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Kanye donates to kids

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kanye West

Kanye West has made a record donation to a youth organisation.

The All Day hitmaker has given US$133,000, part of the proceeds from his Louis Vuitton Foundation concerts, to the Chicago-based arts institution Donda?s House, which he co-founded in 2013 in honour of his mother Dr Donda West.

The organisation provides youths with artistic direction through various classes and programmes including creative writing, record producing and health education.

Donda's House executive director, Donnie Smith, said the contribution to the centre - which caters to budding artists between 14 and 24 years old - will improve their "capacity with new staff" and help to "deliver the high-quality arts programming that our participants deserve", according to a press release.

The house's co-founder, Che 'Rhymefest' Smith, added it was an "honour" to have received the donation and credited the 37-year-old star for using his influence for the benefit of the organisation.

He said: "His leadership has enabled Donda's House to grow quickly and impact the lives of more than 160 of Chicago's young people already in our short history. This is a great honour and a true tribute to his mother's legacy, who did so much for young artistes."