Rihanna has joined the likes of Malala Yousafzai and Dolores Huerta in being appreciated for her charitable work by the Harvard Foundation. Rihanna was honoured by Harvard University last Tuesday.
The Grammy Award-winning singer accepted the ‘Harvard Humanitarian of the Year’ Award by giving an inspiring speech. The Umbrella hit maker revealed in her acceptance speech that her desire to help others began when she was a young girl. She disclosed that when she was young she would watch commercials that showed distressed children on the television and hoped to help the children across the world one day.
The 29 year old has used her influence and wealth to help disadvantaged people all over the world by participating in a range of humanitarian projects. She started her charity work when she was only eighteen years old and established the Believe Foundation to assist terminally ill children. In 2012, the singer bought radiotherapy equipment for the oncology unit at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, in her native place, Barbados. In 2016, the RnB singer launched a scholarship program that enables young people from Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Barbados, Guyana and the US to go to college. She has also worked with UNICEF by being the ambassador for the UNICEF Tap project, which aims to raise funds to provide clean drinking water and Global Partnership for Education. She also contributed to the Global Citizen project, which helps children, especially young girls, get an education.
Words : Thuvika Ganesh