Rocker Lenny Kravitz is celebrating his local community in the Bahamas by giving back.
Kravitz, who splits his time between Paris and the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, holds a yearly free dental clinic with Dr. Jonathan Levine on the island.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Kravitz, 54, tells People of his ability to give back to the inhabitants of the poverty-stricken island he calls home for six months of the year. The “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer spent summers in his mother’s native Bahamas as a kid and put down roots on the island 30 years ago. “My mom always said charity starts at home.”
Through his Let Love Rule Foundation and Levine’s GLO Good Foundation, Kravitz saw the need for oral health and dental treatment after he witnessed a neighbour pack a broken tooth with pepper and paper from a matchbook. “We must have seen about 15 people, all having serious problems, missing teeth, rotting teeth, inductions,” he says of the first time he brought Dr. Levine in for a visit.
Now in its fourth year, Kravitz’s dental clinic treated more than 430 people in January alone.
“There are so many people that need care. At this point in my life, it’s all about service,” the singer says, revealing his humanitarian efforts have led him to reevaluate his priorities in life. “I wake up, eat some fruit from my garden, take a bike ride, make some music,” he says of island life.
“I was thinking yesterday, ‘Man, I just want to sell everything I own.’ There are a lot of things I can get rid of that aren’t important to me anymore, and even if they are, not more important than helping somebody,” he explains, adding, “I’m deeply thinking about it.”