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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Jan. 27, 2022: Two Caribbean organizations are among the winners of Rihanna’s foundation’s grants to tackle climate change in underserved communities.

Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, (CLF), has committed $15 million to 18 organizations working on climate justice across the U.S. and Caribbean in partnership with #StartSmall, Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative.

The Caribbean winners are the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and The Caribbean Climate Justice Project.

CYEN is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Caribbean young people by facilitating their personal development and full involvement in environment and sustainable development. CYEN’s work spans addressing youth unemployment, enriching climate resiliency, water resource management, notably their “Stay Alive and Thrive” Climate Action campaign to raise public awareness about the urgent need to mitigate and adapt to climate change across the Caribbean and around the globe.

The Caribbean Climate Justice Project seeks to raise awareness and educate broadly on the threats to communities across the Caribbean caused by climate change, and catalyze action on the necessary responses at the household, community, national and regional levels. The Caribbean Climate Justice Project’s work spans over 20 countries, educating communities about the disproportionate impacts of climate change, advocating for systems change on a global scale, and networking to connect Caribbean communities and abroad to optimize impact and promote knowledge and resource sharing.  

CLF was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

CLF is shifting how the world responds to natural disasters through emergency preparedness and community resilience projects. CLF’s education work tackles barriers to access through holistic initiatives around the globe. Through the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also advocates for policy and systems change while mobilizing people to take action in response to the world’s injustices.

Current programs include primary and secondary education programs in Malawi, Barbados, and Senegal; emergency response programs in the Caribbean and across the globe; and the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program.

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