On March 21, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced via Instagram that it would donate $5 million to Partners in Health, Direct Relief, Feeding America, International Rescue Committee, World Health Organization and the country of Barbados in order to combat coronavirus.
The singer and businesswoman founded the foundation back in 2012 to honour her late grandparents, with all funds going to health care workers and safety efforts across the Caribbean, Africa and the United States.
The money will be used for accurate testing for COVD-19 and for effective care to patients who test positive for the virus.
“When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how COVID-19 would so dramatically alter our lives,” reads a statement by the foundation.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.”
Furthermore, she provided an undisclosed supply of personal protective equipment to the state of New York and pledged another $1 million along with Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation to support vulnerable populations including undocumented workers, incarcerated people and homeless communities.
On Thursday, Rihanna announced that she and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey will each give $2.1 million to the Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles to support victims of domestic abuse during the safer-at-home order.