Rihanna helps young Malawian girls.

Rihanna continues to surprise us with her philanthropic heart that contradicts her ‘Bad gal Riri’ name. The singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation is collaborating with Ofo, a bike-sharing program, to give scholarships and bikes to young girls in Malawi to keep them in school.

The five-year partnership, called 1 KM Action, will provide scholarships to girls attending secondary schools along with bikes for them to use to get to school.

One of the factors contributing to the high rate of school drop-outs in Malawi is the tiring distance one has to take to get to school. Only 8 percent of students in Malawi complete secondary school — a number that disproportionally affects young women.

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“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 those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said in a statement.

Rihanna travelled to Malawi in January to meet with educators, government officials, and students. The collaboration with Ofo was born out of that trip.

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