Not all heroes wear capes. Rihanna’s charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation is partnering with Ofo, a bike-sharing program, to give scholarships and bikes to young girls in Malawi to keep them in school.
The popstar has been ramping up her efforts to further education in Malawi since visiting the southeast African country back in January, when she travelled to meet with educators, government officials, and students
The five-year partnership, called 1 KM Action, will provide scholarships to girls attending secondary schools along with bikes for them to use to get to school. Many girls drop out because their school is too far away from their home.
“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 said in a statement.
“We are delighted to work with Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation on this innovative initiative as we are keen to help improve education accessibility for students living in poverty,” says Ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei in a release. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme.”
The partnership is expected to go beyond African borders, since the bike sharing company has plans to support the Clara Lionel Foundation in providing scholarships for students in China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica, and Rihanna herself met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace to discuss educational funding for girls in France.
The Umbrella singer and philanthropist also shared a short documentary of her trip to Malawi, where she met with leaders and students as Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.