This bike delivery proves Rihanna is the Oprah of the music world
The Barbados-born singer/actress/beauty entrepreneur can add do-gooder to her already overflowing CV with the news she's partnered up with Beijing-based bike-sharing company, Ofo on an initiative to provide bikes for girls in Malawi to use to get to school safely and on time.
Rihanna is a big fan of education as a way out of poverty and founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012 as an active way to support this. According to the CLF's website their purpose is to, "...support and fund innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.... We advocate improving the quality of life for young people everywhere."
Since the CLF was founded they've produced a slew of good works including the scholarship program Rihanna announced early last year, awarding need-based scholarships ranging from $5K to $50K to students attending college in the United States. But their aim is global, which is where this new bike-sharing partnership, called the '1KM Action' initiative comes in.
In a statement to W, Rihanna said "I'm so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation's new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone."
According to the article this is a five-year partnership, "...which has already sent the first batch of bikes to Malawi and will also fund scholarships for these young women through Rihanna's charity's Global Scholarship Program... although 4.6 million children attend primary school in the Southeast African nation, only eight per cent end up completing secondary school, with more girls than boys forced to drop out due to transportation and other issues." Turns out Rihanna isn't such a Bad Girl after all.
For more information on the Clara Lionel Foundation head to: claralionelfoundation.org
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