Rihanna’s charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation, is joining forces with Beijing-based bicycle sharing company Ofo to provide girls in Malawi, a country in East Africa and one of the poorest in the world, with bikes and scholarships through the CLF’s Global Scholarship Program.
The idea for the partnership came after Rihanna’s trip to Malawi earlier this year, where she learned that only eight percent of the 4.6 million Malawian students in primary school continue on to secondary education.
In a recent statement, the 29-year-old Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year said:
“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 educational partnership, dubbed 1 KM Action, will run for the next five years and will also offer scholarships to students from China, Brazil, Cuba, Barbados, Haiti, Guyana, Grenada, and Jamaica.
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