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Rihanna Creates Bike Program for Young Girls in Malawi

‘…help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone’


We all know Rihanna as the global pop superstar, but she is also known for her philanthropy.  In 2006, she created her Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children.  In 2007, Rihanna was named as one of the Cartier Love Charity Bracelet Ambassadors, with each celebrity representing a different global charity. To help raise awareness and combat HIV/AIDS, Rihanna and other public figures designed clothing for the February 2008 H&M Fashion Against AIDS line.

Continuing her philanthropic endeavors, and this time she is helping girls in Malawi get to school. In a partnership with bike-sharing organization Ofo, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation — Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite– will fund scholarships for girls in Malawi through the foundation’s Global Scholarship Program, and donate bikes to students who need transportation to classes.

Believe Foundation Event

“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 explained in a press release.

The five-year partnership is just one of many endeavors the singer has taken on in Malawi. The Anti singer has also provided scholarships to U.S. universities for students in China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty aka Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006).


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