Bad Gal Riri is Helping Malawi Girls Get to Schools with Bikes

By: Kayla Pasacreta

photo via  Clara Lionel Foundation

photo via Clara Lionel Foundation

In 2012, singer Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to help impoverished communities with access to healthcare and education. Last year, Rihanna was awarded a humanitarian award by Harvard for her work to help girls have access to a quality education. This past January, Rihanna visited schools in Malawi as an ambassador to learn about the school set-up and needs.

Rihanna and France's first lady, when Rihanna went to discuss expanding education

Rihanna and France's first lady, when Rihanna went to discuss expanding education

Rihanna's latest endeavor with her foundation is partnering with the 1KM Foundation to give bikes to Malawi school girls awarded scholarships. The bikes will benefit hundreds of girls. In Malawi, and many other impoverished communities, many kids aren't able to get an education simply because they lack access to transportation. Out of the 4.6 million students in Malawi, only 8% of them attend secondary school. The bikes program is slated to go on for five years.

Rihanna put out a statement about the bike program:

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.
— Rihanna

Last June, Rihanna tweeted a few world leaders to ask them to pledge to fund education for kids who don't have access to it.

Rihanna is definitely using her fame and success to do great things and we are all the way here for it. We love ya, Riri.




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