Iconic U.S singer Rihanna’s charity organisation Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with a Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo to help improve and promote access to education for girls in Malawi. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Clara Lionel Foundation announced, “We are thrilled to join forces with ofo USA, the world’s leading bike-sharing platform,for a five-year partnership in support of our Global Scholarship Program and quality education for hundreds of girls in Malawi! We can’t wait to share more about this exciting new initiative in the months ahead. #CLF #GlobalScholarshipProgram.”
Founded in 2014, Ofo is the world’s first and largest bike-sharing platform. Ofo is created for sharing and aims at unlocking every corner of the world by making bikes accessible to everyone, solving the “last-mile” transportation problem by turning it into a green, low-carbon bike ride.
Rihanna’s charity work in Malawi through her organisation, Clara Lionel Foundation has been focused on improving education through various initiatives. Early this year, the global pop star visited Malawi where she spent time with students. Her organisation partnered with Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen in September 2016, basing her efforts on promoting girl child’s right to education.
Ofo has since connected more than 6.5 million bikes in 150 cities across five countries, generating more than 25 million daily transactions, providing efficient, convenient and green services.
Rihanna 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 very long walks they make to and from school all alone,”
Various charity initiative from global icons have been started in Malawi in recent years.