Camila Cabello Donated $10,000 To Help Homeless Chess Champion And Family
Camila Cabello is sone artist that tries to stay connected with fans and give back to her community when she can. Most recently, Cabello heard about the story of 8-year-old homeless refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi. Adewumi and his family are refugees from Nigeria and were living in a homeless shelter in New York City trying to get on their feet. Now, things are looking up for the refugee family as people came together to crowdfund to help them out.
Camila Cabello stepped up to help Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family.
Adewumi is only 8 years old and because the New York State Chess Champion. The competition was for children from kindergarten to third grade and, according to the New York Times, he made it through the competition undefeated.
The family is in the middle of their asylum process having fled Nigeria in 2017 for fear of their safety. Terrorist group Boko Haram has been targeting Christian families, like the Adewumi family.
Adewumi and his family have been in a homeless shelter in New York City since arriving from Nigeria.
According to the New York Times, the family arrived from Nigeria a little over a year ago and a pastor was the one who helped them seek out the shelter. Adewumi is currently a student at P.S. 116 and the principal has nothing but glowing words for the child.
“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, told the New York Times.
A GoFundMe was started to help the Adewumi family after the child’s win and the outpour of support was incredible, including from Cabello.
“‘Talent is universal but opportunity is not.’ Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out,” Cabello wrote on Twitter. The singer included a link tot he GoFundMe page and directed her fans to help the young boy and his family out.
At the time of this writing, people have raised more than $200,000 to help the refugee family.
“WORDS OF APPRECIATION!!!
We the Family of TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI (#TANI#) first of all we give God the Glory for being crowned as FIRST PLACE CHAMPION in his first New York State Tournament (k-3) Primary Championship held in Saratoga Spring New York on the 9th and 10th March, 2019,” reads an update on the GoFundMe page.
“We say a big thank you to the coaches- coach Russell Makosfy, coach Shawn Martinez, coach Angel Lopez, the officers in the team for their support and words of encouragement. God bless you all.
Our appreciation goes to his school (PS116, Manhattan), the Principal, Teachers, Students and every other staff. God bless you all.”
“Our big thanks to Mr. Nicholas Kristof ( The New York Times Paper and their staff), The CBS news, BBC World news, NBC news, social media, those that share the good news and others service stations for your support. God bless you all.”
“Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support Financially, Morally, Spiritually and many more can’t mentioned. You are all Awesome. God bless you all.”
“We will like the WORLD to know that all the proceeds/donations go to TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI FOUNDATION.
We are working with counsel to make sure this is possible. In the meanwhile, all funds stay with GoFundMe.”
“TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!!”
“GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!”
“THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!”
Fans are showering the singer with love and appreciation.
It is a sweet reminder that some stars are willing to use their fame, money, and name to help those in need. The family that is being helped has already had to flee their home and relocate on the other side of the world. It is refreshing to see people that are willing to step up and help their fellow man.