Update (September 9, 2019): Grammy-winning artist Rihanna is stepping up to help Bahamians in wake of Hurricane Dorian.
On Monday, the death toll in the Bahamas rose to 45 and is only expected to heighten. A week after the storm ravaged the island as a category 5 hurricane, more than 70,000 people have also been left homeless, according to CNN.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Rihanna announced to her more than 90 million fans on Twitter that purchases from a limited Savage X Fenty collection will go toward The Clara Lionel Foundation. The organization, which was founded by Rihanna in 2012, supports and funds education and emergency response programs worldwide.
Limited Edition #SavageXCLF styles are out now at https://t.co/OwYolNKFWR .... I started @claralionelfdn because I believe in people having a chance at a better life through health, education and proactive measures to emergency response. pic.twitter.com/5Enrtu7DaA— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 8, 2019
You can donate and contribute to our mission simply by picking up these exclusive @savagexfenty pieces- out now!— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 8, 2019
According to Fast Company, The Clara Lionel Foundation is in honor of Rihanna’s grandparents and has provided aid amid previous disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The new initiative comes days after the Barbados native spoke out about helping on Twitter in a message that said that seeing the devastation “breaks [her] heart.”
On Wednesday, the foundation shared that it'd created grants for Dorian victims.
We’ve been devastated to see the damage in the #Bahamas after #HurricaneDorian struck this past weekend as a category 5 storm. We have committed grants in response to @WCKitchen and @DirectRelief. Learn more and see how you can support: https://t.co/zDqhqPUJMQ pic.twitter.com/2x4hicIxlz— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) September 4, 2019
The "Money Maker" artist shared on Instagram that he’s donating $100,000 to victims in the Bahamas. He raised the funds during a Labor Day weekend event hosted by The Luda Foundation.Among the companies vowing to offer aid is Royal Caribbean and Walt Disney Company, who both plan to donate $1 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Last week, Hampton University announced its partnership with The University of the Bahamas, which allows displaced students to continue their education on the school's campus for one semester.
The Virginia-based HBCU is not only providing students with the opportunity to attend classes for the upcoming fall 2019 semester, but they'll also receive room and board.
Original: While Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way up along the east coast, most of the Bahamas remains underwater. The hurricane swarmed over the island on Sunday slowly moving at only 1 mph causing significant damage.
CNN reported the storm was the strongest hurricane to make landfall on the island since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Hurricane Dorian approached the country as a Category 5 hurricane with damaging 185 mph winds.
After stalling for hours with destructive storm surges and damaging winds, the hurricane headed north, finally departing from the island on Tuesday.
BP BREAKING| Serious Hurricane Damage in Abaco today as Dorian moves on land at 185mph... pic.twitter.com/JizKX6hHpe— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 1, 2019
Seven people have died as a result of the hurricane, and hundreds more are without their homes and resources.
Although parts of the Bahamas, which consists of roughly 700 islands, were left in despair, other parts of the country were left relatively OK.
Since Hurricane Dorian's destruction in the Bahamas, some celebrities have stepped up.
Rihanna tweeted on Monday that her organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, is working to provide relief to residents in the Bahamas.
It truly breaks my heart to see the complete devastation that #HurricaneDorian is having on the Bahamas!— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 2, 2019
Ludacris said the proceeds from LudaDay Weekend will help the relief fund for the people affected.
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Over 100k Raised over The Weekend!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 NOW WATCH ME WORK!! #givingback @ludacrisfdtn #ludadayweekend2019 Thank you to the Prtners #Freshempire #Slimandhuskys #Hennessy #Zaxbys(John Silvey) #Pepsi #BrandJordan #ATLSkypointe #JezebelMagazine #WishATL #IntercontinentalBuckhead #MercedesBenz
Other celebs shared their thoughts and prayers.
We’re praying for our beautiful Bahaman brothers and sisters, their culture, their land which is all still being hit by #HurricaneDorian .— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) September 3, 2019
And also for God’s speed toward rescues, supplies and recovery.
Praying for Bahamas 🙏🏿— Yung Rénzél 👑 (@RickRoss) September 2, 2019
Number 45 was criticized for falsely altering the path of the hurricane to match his untrue statements that the storm was headed toward Alabama.
My Heart & Prayers Goes Out 2 The People In Da Bahamas....🙏🏾— Plies (@plies) September 2, 2019
While using a marker, Trump drew on a map issued by the National Weather Service to extend the trajectory of the hurricane.
To correct his erroneous statement, NWS Birmingham sent out a corrected tweet.
In addition to Florida - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
Nevertheless, our prayers go out to the people of the Bahamas as they start to repair the damage left behind by Hurricane Dorian.