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You Can Attend Rihanna’s Diamond Ball by Donating to Girls in Malawi

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Global Ambassador for Education, Humanitarian of the Year, Grammy Award-winning singer, Global Citizen — Rihanna wears many hats. 

Now, the artist and humanitarian is quietly working to change the world, again. 

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On Tuesday, Rihanna kicked off her “Dollar Campaign,” which support global education and health programs through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation

Fans who give $1 are automatically entered into a raffle to win a ticket to Rihanna’s Diamond Ball on Sept. 14 in New York City. Last year’s Diamond Ball raised $2 million in support of the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. 

The idea behind the singer’s newest campaign is that even one dollar can make a difference for girls around the world. 

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According to the campaign’s site, a donation of $1 provides one brick to a school in Malawi, $5 provides five bricks, $10 provides 10 books, and $15 provides a girl with essential school supplies. 

malawi schoolchildren Image: Flickr: Swathi Swidharan

Global Citizen is calling on the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Italy to increase their funding to the Global Partnership for Education, for which Rihanna serves as an ambassador, by 30%. You can take action here

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Rihanna knows first-hand the challenges facing girls in Malawi. The singer visited Malawi in January, along with GPE Chairperson Julia Gillard and Global Citizen, to meet with students, teachers, and government officials to learn about the educational challenges facing the country, where one in three girls of secondary school age are out of school.

hugh_juliagillard_rihanna_malawi.jpg__1000x631_q85_crop_subject_location-500,317_subsampling-2_upscale.jpgGlobal Citizen CEO, Hugh Evans, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, Julia Gillard and Clara Lionel Foundation founder, Rihanna, speak to young mothers who dropped out of school in Muzu Village, Malawi about the value of education.
Image: Evan Rodgers


“I’m really here to see it,” Rihanna said. “It’s one thing to read statistics, but I want to see it firsthand, and find out all that can be done and where to start first.”

Rihanna’s campaign for girls in Malawi will last for two weeks, and the winner of the raffle will be chosen on Sept. 7