On Saturday, March 21, The Clara Lionel Foundation announced that it will be donating $5 million to at-risk community and front line coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency relief efforts in the United States, Africa and other locations including Haiti. People in at-risk communities will benefit from increased care, food and testing. The money will also help to set up and maintain more intensive care units and distribute respiratory supplies to those who need them most. Front line healthcare workers will receive more protective gear and training. Lastly, the money will be used to help with coronavirus prevention and containment and speed up current attempts by the medical community to create a vaccine.
Rihanna’s education and emergency relief foundation, which the 32-year-old Barbadian singer and businesswoman founded in 2012 in memory of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, partners with many organizations around the world, including Direct Relief, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, Partners in Health, and The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The Clara Lionel Foundation’s Executive Director, Justine Lucas, said that “Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities – those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.”