Rihanna has asked her fans to donate money towards girls’ education in Malawi through the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program (CLF) website. Donors will be automatically entered in a contest to win a free trip to New York City to attend Rihanna’s upcoming show on 14 September. Fans have up until 5 September to make a donation. The winner will be announced on 7 September.
“I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person, one organisation, one situation that touches your heart,” Rihanna said at a recent CLF media event. “My grandmother always used to say: ‘If you have a dollar, there’s plenty to share.’
“It starts with your neighbour,” Rihanna said. “That person next to you in class, the kid down the block in your neighbourhood. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”
According to the campaign website, a few dollars can go a long way:
• $1 could provide one brick to a school in Malawi.
• $5 could provide five bricks to a school in Malawi.
• $10 could provide 10 books.
• $15 could provide a girl with essential school supplies.
• $20 could provide a month of schooling for a girl.
In addition to raising money for pupils in Malawi, the CLF has launched other programmes that enable Rihanna’s fans to support her mission to use education in breaking down socio-economic barriers. The programmes 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.
Rihanna is not the first A-List star to provide aid for disadvantaged children in Malawi. In July, US singer Madonna opened a children’s surgery unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.