Diamond Ball, 2019 - Clara Lionel Foundation. Providing proper education & emergency response.

Photo courtesy of Shutter stock. Rihanna at 2018 Diamond Ball

KENYA, RUSINGA island, UTAJO village - OCTOBER 24, 2016


September 12th 2019 Rihanna, Diamond Ball will commence in New York City to support the Clara Lionel Foundation. The Diamond Ball is a benefit that help’s bring awareness to providing proper education & emergency response for children that are in poverty stricken areas around the world. The Clara Lionel Foundation engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants ProgramRihanna foundation was founded in 2012. Rihanna formed a partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international education and advocacy organization, Global Citizen in 2016, to tackle the global education crisis on a broader scale through advocacy.


You might ask yourself "Why should I care? Why is this so important? What could I do?" Well, let’s give you some stats. that will support what this foundation mission is and why others like it are needed. Based on information coming from “World Food Programme” website. Data suggest that. The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined. Also the mission for the Food & Agriculture, WFP, & International Fund for Agricultural Development, is to end World Hunger by 2030. est. $265 Billion is needed to do so by 2030.



How does that compare to other political priorities?

$612 Billion: 2016 U.S. Defense Budget

$283 Billion: Interest Payment on Debt

$324.1 Billion: Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program



Why are these stats important? The imbalance in financial support for mechanisms of war as opposed to financial support for those facing starvation cannot be overstated. The consequences of hunger often reach beyond the breakfast table, affecting a child's ability to focus on their education while sitting in a classroom. The stress of hunger and malnutrition overrides any other concerns apart from survival.


The reality of hunger has left many children in impoverished nations with no other choice but to forego schooling, and instead seek support on the streets. Without the basic support found in a stable home, and the benefits of a proper education, these children often find themselves forced into a life of menial labor, or in some cases a life of sex trafficking.





Efforts by various businesses and organizations to minimize the effects of poverty in many third world countries have helped in creating tools to assist those in need, some of which are listed below:


  • Roughrider Wheel Chairs - 20 million people need wheelchairs. This has 15 different seat settings and can handle difficult terrains, portable and easy to fix.


  • The Hippo Roller - Helps impoverished people provide water for their families, while conserving energy.


  • Solar-Powered Irrigation - This technology would allow the irrigation to make agriculture possible in areas that couldn’t be farmed.


  • Hot Pot Solar Ovens - With power from the sun families are able to cook meals.


  • Plumpy’ Nut - in 2 to 4 weeks this substance can transform a malnourished toddler to a healthy & stable one. Plumpy’ nut contains 500 calories of peanut butter, milk, vitamins and minerals in paste form.


  • LifeStraw - Filters water as people drink from lakes, puddles, and other sources of uncleaned water.

  • Life Saver Water Purification Bottle - can make unclean water into drinkable water in seconds. A Single filter can clean 6,000 liters of water.

  • Kite Patch - Protects human from mosquitoes for up to 48 hours

  • Jet Injector - No more needle injected vaccines, the use of high pressure to deliver the substance to children in need of a vaccine.




Kenya. Picture of an older brother holding little sister on his back.

These tools offer innumerable benefits not just for the people using them, but for their family members and neighbors. Like a pebble dropped into a lake, poor villagers experience a ripple effect and share in the benefits brought on by a clean drink of water, or a hot stove to prepare a nutritious meal on. The children in these villages are afforded the opportunity to arrive at school fully fed, with the knowledge that they will not go to bed hungry after completing their homework. And most beneficial of all, those children will have the opportunity to prevent the next generation from experiencing the harsh reality of hunger and being un-educated.


Photo courtesy of Shutter stock. Rihanna at 2018 Diamond Ball

The Clara Lionel Foundation is just getting started with it’s efforts and by supporting & joining them in their quest to provide education to countless children who needs it. “1 year of primary school increases a girl’s prospective income by 20% ” With Rihanna, becoming a Global Ambassador. in 2016, The Icon has helped countless charities, businesses and various brands fundraise & generate income, or notoriety from leveraging her stardom. By taking the initiative,

and creating the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna has shown that she recognizes the potential of children born into disadvantage. Much like her song of the same name, to her these children are diamonds. You can share in her effort to raise these children out of poverty & provide education for these children, by supporting the Diamond Ball on September 12. Your participation will grant hope to a child in most need of your support. Come out to the Diamond Ball on September 12th 2019 in New York. I hope to be there.



Article written by: Silent Rob & Jason Turner of Sophisticated Kat Mag.

Photos courtesy from: Shutter Stock



Clara Lionel Foundation website -

https://claralionelfoundation.org/news/rihannas-3rd-annual-diamond-ball-raises-millions-to-benefit-the-clara-lionel-foundation/


Join, The Clara Lionel Foundation: https://claralionelfoundation.org/join/

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