Lady Gaga Will Fund More than 160 Classroom Projects in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy
“In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”
Grammy and Oscar-winning singer Lady Gaga announced Friday that she will fully fund classroom project needs in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy, California, after mass shootings in these cities in the past two weeks.
“In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves,” she wrote on Facebook.
The 33-year old singer explained that she will work with her Born This Way Foundation and partnering with DonorsChoose.org to fund 14 classroom projects in Dayton, 23 in Gilroy and 125 in El Paso.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an organization that seeks to give students in every community “the tools and experiences they need for a great education,” through the generosity of donors.
The Born This Way Foundation was created in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, with the goal of creating a “kinder and braver world”. It builds youth-focused programs and engaging campaigns that increase access to resources, drive action, and build community.
Lady Gaga expressed that she hopes her efforts will ensure students “have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.”
An outspoken advocate for mental health, she also emphasized the need to seek help for such issues, saying: “Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your mental health and checking in on your loved ones. If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them. We cannot turn away from ourselves.”
On July 28, four deaths, including the gunman responsible for the shooting, occurred at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. 13 people were injured too. On August 3 and 4, at least 31 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Several more people were injured. The shooting in Texas was racially motivated against Hispanic Americans as well.