Colombian mega star Shakira is not only recognized by her talent as a musician and writer, but also for her actions in defense of children in need and against the poverty and war that her country suffers.
Since 1997 she runs the Pies Descalzos Foundation (Bare Feet, because of her first hit album), a Colombian non-governmental organization devoted to finding and providing opportunities for children victims of the violence in Colombia. Its goal is to improve the education, nutrition, and lives of the displaced children living in poor conditions because of the internal conflict in the country. Since 2003, they’ve opened and reconditioned schools in Barranquilla, Quibdó, and Soacha (near Bogotá), cities with high percentage of displaced families.
At the age of 26 Shakira was named the youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador ever, and she has being working among the organism since.
Shakira was also a participant in the Live 8 concert to eradicate poverty (at the Paris stage) and from that moment she has mentioned insistently she wants to pull up a Latin version of the mega event.
It is true that some Latin Americans claim she speaks about Colombia from Miami, but it’s also true that the US and Europe are enormous platforms to reach further, so we take the good part. ::Shakira ::Fundación Pies Descalzos