Rihanna is once again showing the world that she's thinking globally and charitably with her latest act of altruism. Teen Vogue shared the news that Rihanna has partnered with a bike-sharing program, Ofo, that will donate some of their bikes to young girls in Malawi. Those young girls can then use them to get to school safely and quickly, which will hopefully return to them a little bit of control in their lives. Honestly? This idea is so inspiring and we should all do something just as charitable to try and match it.
The partnership was struck through Rihanna's foundation, The Clara Lionel Foundation, and the Beijing-based bike-sharing company. Rihanna released a statement about this initiative earlier in the week. "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," the pop star said.
The project, called 1 KM Action, will go for five years and will aim to help girls by giving them bikes to get to school and by funding scholarships for them. According to The Clara Lionel Foundation's press release, they will provide funding through their global scholarship program for girls attending secondary school in Malawi. Ofo will also help fund those scholarships. The initiative has a clear focus on making sure that these young girls will not have to worry about their education in any way, which can only mean that their chances of success in school will increase. Teen Vogue additionally reports that "The Clara Lionel Foundation and [Ofo] have previously joined forces to provide scholarship funding to students from China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica planning to attend college in the United States," which shows how committed these two groups are to making the lives of others better.
Rihanna has a long history of working with various underserved communities across the world, and her connection to Malawi was created in this charitable spirit. As an ambassador with the Global Partnership for Education, she recently visited the African nation to "'spend time with educators, government officials, and students to identify ways to collaborate to build a better educational future for Malawians.'"
It's good to see that she's giving so much of herself (yet again) and that even more lives will get changed for the better.
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