Rihanna to give Malawi girls scholarships


Pop star Rihanna, through her organisation Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), has announced that she will donate proceeds from her recently launched make-up products towards scholarships for women and children in need.

According to starlocalmedia.com, the pop star, 30, will partner with Global Partnership for Education and the Campaign for Female Education  to provide scholarships to girls in Malawi.

Supporting girls’ education: Rihanna

CLF executive director Justine Lucas told Marie Claire Magazine that they want to involve Riri’s fans in the project.

“We hope this collaboration allows the Fenty Beauty community to feel not only like they are part of the CLF journey, but also that they can take action on issues they are passionate about. At the heart of our mission is the idea that everyone can play a part in creating a more just and equitable world by contributing in their own way,” she said.

The singer is expected to donate the proceeds from each of her new highlighters to the foundation.

Rihanna, under her company Fenty Beauty, designs make-up products such as lip paint, foundation, highlighters and lip gloss. They go at prices ranging from $34 to $56.

The number of beneficiaries is yet to be established based on the proceeds that will be realised.

Last year the singer visited some schools in Mchinji and Lilongwe, accompanied by former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, a board chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Hugh Evans, Global Citizen’s chief executive.

After the visit, the artist said she was committed to helping put girls in school.

“It is such a pity that some girls have to drop out of school when they are so smart. Everybody is learning together and learning at the same pace, it seems. It’s sad that the journey has to end for some of them because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete,” said Rihanna.

She recently donated bicycles to girl students through a partnership with 1KM Action.

Rihanna was honoured last year by Havard’s Humanitarian of the Year for her charity work.

Rihanna is following the footsteps of Madonna who has been supporting vulnerable groups in Malawi, especially children. n

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