Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation was launched in 2012 and the world has never been the same ever since. It is a not for profit organization she named after her grandparents which funds education and health programs in the developing world.
Rihanna has been so involved with her community development work that Harvard University’s Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations honored her with the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year accolade. Her commitment to developing African youths is undoubted but with the bicycles and scholarships, she has outdone herself.
Upon receiving her award at Harvard, Rihanna said, “We are all human, and we just want a chance: A chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future, really. And at CLF (Clara Lionel Foundation), our mission is to impact as many lives as possible, but it starts with just one.” She was serious!
Rihanna has since visited Malawi and captured everyone’s heart when she took a bit of time to teach kids a bit of mathematics, read with them and led chants in the playground. In this country, only 8% of 4.6 million primary students complete secondary school.
The ultimate goal of Rihanna’s efforts, according to the Global Citizen, is to call on world leaders to increase education budgets and funding for the Global Partnerships for Education to help it reach $3.1 billion between 2018 and 2020. As if that was not enough, Rihanna’s CLF and ofo, a bike-sharing platform have partnered for the “1 KM Action” project which will donate bikes to scholarship recipients.