Rihanna's Latest Charitable Act Will Change the Lives of Girls in Malawi

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 2, 2017

One of the most common reasons behind the female dropout rate however is the commute, with the lack of secondary schools in rural areas meaning that young girls have to travel long distances to get their education, with travelling alone making them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. According to Teen Vogue, the internationally-known star teamed up with bike-sharing company, ofo, to donate a slew of bikes to girls in Malawi.

"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", Rihanna said in a statement. "Determined to do something about it, the Clara Lionel Foundation and ofo joined forces to provide bikes and scholarships to girls in Malawi", the release said. Girls are disproportionately impacted, and transportation issues are a major contributor to drop-outs.

The first batch of ofo bikes have been put into use in Malawi and already gained positive feedback from students and teachers.

The Diamonds hitmaker travelled to the country in January (17) with her anti-poverty organisation, the Clara Lionel Foundation, to learn about the difficulties facing school children and educators involved in Malawi's schools system.

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In between stunning on Valerian red carpets and clapping back at body-shamers on Instagram, Rihanna has been pushing hard on her education platform. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world.

The project, called 1 KM Action, will go for five years and will aim to help girls not only by giving them bikes to get to school but will also fund scholarships for these young minds.

Rihanna's mission to provide an adequate education for children in neglected communities continues to press on with this exciting news. The mode of transportation will help to reduce the restrictions that are placed upon young women who have to walk miles to school.

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