Shakira on Philantrophy

Topics: Shakira, Colombia, Education Pages: 3 (886 words) Published: November 24, 2012
Maybe most of you known Shakira as one of the greatest Latin American singer ever but most of you may not know her as an activist.

In 1997 at the young age of 20, Shakira founded the “Pies Descalzos” (“Barefoot”) foundation, after the great success of her record “Pies Descalzos”, in order to help Colombian poor children not only to get an appropriated education, but to be healthy and nourished. She says that the children are the future of every country, especially in Latin America, so we should give them all the tools they need to succeed in life. On 2003 Shakira and the ex Chancellor and ex education Minister Maria Emma Mejia started to work together and Maria assume the Executive President of the Barefoot Foundation. The Foundation moved from Barranquilla to Bogotá and began working on a massive program of nutrition for children from disadvantaged areas and displaced communities in Colombia On 2004 the foundation began the construction of the first educational institution which provided attention to 1565 children; also they opened offices on Quibdó. Now they give psychosocial help. On 2006 it was made the 'First Strategic Plan 2006 - 2008', whose main goal is the comprehensive care of children on vulnerable areas or displacement areas. They made the educational intervention strategy stronger which care about of 3,072 children and young people. Also it strengthens the comprehensive model of community development center, taking care to 10,500 people around. Because this foundation not only care about children but care about their families since they're the people that spend more time with them and so if they're fine, the children would be too. That year, 52 000 people donated money, which raised $15 000. The second building of School District Las Americas is constructed in Barranquilla, with the support of European foundations. Om 2008 it elaborates the 'II Strategic Plan for the triennium 2009 - 2011', whose mission is to implement a...
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