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Rihanna honored as Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for extensive charity work

By WITW Staff on February 24, 2017

Rihanna has been named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, an award that recognizes “public and spirited leaders” in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes.

In a statement made on Wednesday, S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, honored the singer for her extensive charitable endeavors. Most notably, Rihanna helped fund a “state-of-the-art” breast cancer center at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados and founded the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program “for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.”

Counter also recognized Rihanna’s support of the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, “a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”

Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 with the goal of fighting inequality and poverty through “access to education and health.” Just last month, Rihanna traveled with her foundation and the Global Citizen organization to Malawi as part of their push to promote education.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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