Rihanna Donates Bikes to Malawi Schoolgirls

Rihanna meets with French President
Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in France

Rihanna meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in France

According to Billboard, the pop superstar's Clara Lionel Foundation has teamed up with bike-sharing service ofo to fund scholarships for girls in Malawi through the foundation's Global Scholarship Program.

The partnership is via the "1 KM Action" (一公里计划), ofo's collaboration with the UNDP to bring greater access to sustainable transport worldwide.

"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 announced in the official statement. Only 8 percent of students in the country finish secondary school (a number that, shocker, affects women more heavily) and one of the primary hurdles for many is being able to actually get to school. With the help of ofo, Rihanna's foundation will provide scholarships to girls attending secondary schools in Malawi along with bikes for them to get to school.

The first batch of bikes has already been delivered and we can't wait to see the difference that it will make. We asked ofo for more details on numbers and maintenance but had not received a reply at time of publishing. CEO and founder of ofo, Dai Wei also added, "We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme". She was inspired to create this initiative after traveling to Malawi in January. And just last week, Rihanna met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace to discuss educational funding for girls in France. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.

In addition to a new set of wheels under a five-year "1 KM Action" plan, CLF and ofo will provide scholarships for these girls to help further their higher education pursuits.

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