Shakira is putting her money where her mouth is, as she so often does, by stepping up to the plate and announcing that her children's education non-profit Pies Descalzos will be helping to build a new school in Haiti. The Colombian pop star is partnering up with Pies Descalzos board member Howard Buffett (also the World Food Program Ambassador Against Hunger) and Architecture for Humanity to build the school. They also plan to partner with existing NGOs to provide food, clean water and sanitation services alongside their educational initiatives. “School feeding will be a critically important tool to ensuring the health of Haiti’s children—and their attendance at school,” said Buffett. “Our foundation is proud to partner with Shakira on this incredibly important effort.”
“There is a great need for immediate aid in Haiti, but also for longer-term reconstruction,” Shakira said before her performance on the Hope for Haiti Now Telethon. “For that reason, we are doing our small part to help Haiti rebuild and give the children affected by this disaster the chance to learn and thrive. I hope we can use some of what we’ve learned working in Colombia to help Haiti’s children recover. When we educate children we empower societies, and right now Haiti needs all of our help.”
The Barefoot Haiti School will be modeled after the schools Shakira's foundation has already built in impoverished areas of Colombia.