Rihanna aka Robyn Fenty, a Barbadian-born singer, songwriter, actress, diplomat, and businesswoman surprised many on Saturday when she was seen helping in building a hospital in Malawi.
This comes shortly after she was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country, Barbados to promote education, tourism and investment.
The philanthropist in a working gear is seen helping the labourers fetch sand and water.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
Rihanna, one of the best-selling singers of all time, with 250 million record sales globally, is an actress and fashion designer.
Earlier this year, Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation visited Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, with Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.
In a new short documentary, the pop star and GPE ambassador expresses her interest in learning more about the African nation and the how to combat the challenges it faces in the education sector, like lack of resources, which oftentimes leads to a disparaging number of children dropping out after primary school.
In the video, below, Rihanna enters a classroom to help teach students math and sits down with community and global figures alike, all who are rallying together to help end poverty around the world and raise $3.1 billion USD for those efforts. Watch above, then visit globalcitizen.org/gpe to see how you can help.
“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” Rihanna said in a new piece published by the Guardian Tuesday.
“Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work.”
While growing up in Barbados, Rihanna added, she now realizes she took her access to education for granted.
In many parts of the world, children are prevented from that same access due to poverty, politics, war, sexism, and more.