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Global Ambassador Rihanna Travels to Malawi, Promotes Access to Education for Children

International superstar Rihanna is using her platform for the greater good.

In January (2017), she traveled to Malawi to meet with educators and children to further her mission as Global Ambassador for Education.

The trip was a collaboration with her Clara Lionel Foundation, The Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen.

In 2012, Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her late grandmother, who died of cancer the same year.

In an official video for the foundation, she said “all the women in my family strive to be like her. That’s why i’m here.”

She has since then participated in fundraisers with organizations like UNICEF and purchased radiotherapy equipment for the Oncology Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.

As noted on the official site, CLF “supports and funds innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.” “In the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, access to education and health is our most powerful weapon,” they wrote.

The foundation is designed for students in places like Barbados and Malawi, who may not have access to quality resources. In 2016, she launched a Global Scholarship Program — rewarding renewable scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to selected applicants aiming to get an Bachelors degree.

“It’s as simple as this: One day you could be the one in need. Your kids. Your kids’ kids. Your love ones. Nobody’s exempt from disease and poverty, you know? You just never know. But we will fight for you the same way.” – Rihanna, Clara Lionel Foundation

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