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Last September, Suns Forward Amaré Stoudemire took a trip to Africa to help make a difference for communities in need.

The basketball superstar – well known for his humanitarian efforts – visited Sierra Leone on behalf of his foundation, Each 1, Teach 1, and the Zee Community Development Foundation. Aside from donating money to rehabilitate water wells, Amare actually took a hands-on approach in fixing the wells, which give communities clean water.

“This is a trip that I’ve been looking forward to taking my whole life,” Stoudemire said prior to leaving. “We’ve already begun to help the communities in Sierra Leone, and it will be great to see the efforts in person. One water well built can provide water for 450 people, so as you can see, the impact will be really great.”

After getting down and dirty in the wells, Amare continued his mission and also met with the Minister of Sports, Vice President, and President of Sierra Leone in efforts to improve the quality of life.

Singer Angélique Kidjo – who is from West Africa – accompanied Stoudemire on behalf of her foundation, Batonga, which promotes education for African girls.

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