The latest celebrity to step up to the plate to provide funding for COVID-19 relief efforts is entrepreneur Rihanna. Rihanna’s nonprofit, Clara Lionel Foundation donated $5 million for families affected by the Coronavirus.
Rihanna created the foundation in 2012, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. “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,” the foundation’s Executive Director, Justine Lucas said in a statement.
The donation will supports groups including Direct Relief, Feeding America, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Partners in Health, and the International Rescue Committee. The donation specifically will help those working to serve marginalized communities in the United States, the Caribbean and Africa.
Additionally, the money will fund protective gear for hospital workers and first responders, local food banks that serve the elderly, distributing respiratory supplies, and streamlining a process for testing and care in countries like Malawi and Haiti.
“We know that one of the most powerful weapons we have against COVID-19 is preparedness,” the foundation’s website said.
Rihanna also personally donated the equivalent of $700,000 USD to Barbados in order to purchase ventilators used in the treatment of severe cases of COVID-19.