Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation Will Build Two New Schools in Colombia: Star Places First Stone in Hometown

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Shakira’s bare feet never stray far from her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. On Friday (Nov. 2), on the eve of the final concert of her El Dorado World Tour in Bogotá, the music star and philanthropist placed the first stone for construction of two new schools – one in Barranquilla and one in nearby Cartagena.

“Investing in education and offering equal opportunities to our boys and girls is the way to continue paving the way for peace,” said Shakira in a statement, thanking the partners that are making the new constructions possible. The two new schools, each one costing over $4 million, are being built with support from Shakira’s own Fundacion Pies Descalzos, Costa Cruceros, the National Ministry of Education, the mayor’s office of Barranquilla, the mayor’s office of Cartagena, the Fundacion FC Barcelona, LCI Education Foundation and the Swiss Embassy in Colombia.

“Thank you for participating in the construction of these two new schools that will take us one step further towards quality in Colombia and Latin America,” said Shakira.

The Colombian star created her Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet) foundation, named after her first major hit album, in 1997, with the purpose of “promoting public quality education for children in vulnerable situations in Colombia.”

Since then, more than 17,000 children have benefited from educational projects at Pies Descalzos schools, which currently operate in three Colombian cities. The two new schools will be built in the neighborhoods of Nuevo Bosque in Barranquilla and Villas de Aranjuez in Cartagena.


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