Rihanna was honored this week by Harvard with their 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award!
The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, along with other speakers, paid tribute to the singer and the incredible ways she consistently gives back to others. She’s served in various humanitarian projects through her own charity the Clara Lionel Foundation, including helping women with breast cancer in her home country of Barbados receive treatment as well as providing scholarships for students in the Caribbean.
Rihanna humbly accepted the award, saying that she had a passion for helping others at an early age when she would see poor kids in Africa on TV. “I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world,’” she said. “I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager.”
The singer also added:
All you need to do is help one person, without expecting anything in return. To me that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. What that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated … My grandma used to say, ‘If you have a dollar then you have plenty to share.’
Congrats RiRi! Keep doing what you’re doing, girl! Watch her full speech below.