Rihanna Donates $2.1 Million To Help Los Angeles Victims Of Domestic Violence Amid Stay-At-Home Order
The songstress has donated a total of about $8 million to a number of coronavirus relief efforts.
The songstress is collaborating with Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $4.2 million to help those who may be experiencing domestic violence after Los Angeles issued their stay-at-home order. Each has committed $2.1 million.
The 32-year-old’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday, saying the grant will go to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.
The money will "provide 10 weeks of support including shelter, meals, and counseling for individuals and their children suffering from domestic violence at a time when shelters are full and incidents are on the rise," according to a press release obtained by Paper.
We're joining forces with Twitter/Square CEO @Jack today by co-funding $4.2 million grant to the @MayorsFundLA to address the current crisis for domestic violence victims in Los Angeles as a result of the COVID-19 Safer at Home Order. #startsmall #CLF pic.twitter.com/JKoKb60N3n— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) April 9, 2020
Grateful for @rihanna @ClaraLionelFdn and @MayorsFundLA: 10 weeks of shelter, meals, and counseling for individuals and their children in LA suffering from domestic violence as a result of the COVID-19 Safer at Home Order. https://t.co/4K4DPfunFu— jack (@jack) April 9, 2020
As many states have mandated that people practice social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak, there has been an increase in calls for help from victims of domestic violence as people are stuck inside with abusers, as Blavity previously reported.
The number of reported domestic violence cases may rise, and violent situations could become worse as people are not going to work and can’t find an escape at a friend’s house.
The CLF grant will cover the expenses of about 90 people per week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rihanna has continuously given to a number of relief efforts. CLF joined forces with Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation to give $2 million to support children of frontline health workers and first responders, undocumented workers and people who are incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as Blavity previously reported.
Today we’re standing with @Rihanna’s @claralionelfdn to give a combined $2 million to the @MayorsFundLA @TheFundforPS @ACLU & @thenyic to support undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people. pic.twitter.com/gtVFJg0f3B— Shawn Carter Foundation (@ShawnCarterSF) March 31, 2020
The “Umbrella” singer also donated $5 million throughout various organizations fighting the spread of the virus, including Direct Relief, Partners in Health, Feeding America, International Rescue Committee and more, reports Variety. According to the foundation’s Twitter account, the money will be used to provide protective medical equipment and access to food.
We’ve responded to COVID-19 by distributing $5 million to @PIH @DirectRelief @FeedingAmerica @rescueorg @WHO & #Barbados to prepare communities w/ critical protective gear, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across multiple regions. #CLF #HealthcareHeroes 📷: @PIH pic.twitter.com/DVfSqw6gQK— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) March 21, 2020
“CLF believes that one of the most powerful weapons we have against COVID-19 is preparedness,” the organization told Variety. “Protecting our frontline health workers and marginalized communities around the world requires getting ahead of it fast, and the time to act is now.”
Out of the total donation, $700,000 was used to purchase ventilators for Barbados.
The mogul even sent one ventilator to her father, Ronald Fenty, after he tested positive for the coronavirus, reports The Sun. The 66-year-old revealed he suffered from a severe fever.
"I got a fever up inside of my nose. I had a fever across my lips. It was just a lot of fever. I feared the worst. I thought I was going to die, honestly," he said.
He spent 14 days at the Paragon Isolation Center. He has not needed to use the ventilator as he is now virus-free.
"My daughter Robyn was checking in on me every day. I thought I was going to die to be honest. I have to say, I love you so much, Robyn. She did so much for me. I appreciate everything she has done," he said.
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