Almost 20 Years Later: Shakira’s Non-profit is Still Going Strong

Shakira is a proud Colombian, and for almost 30 years she’s had tremendous success in her music career. She never forgot where she came from and back in 1997, she created a non-profit organization called Pies Descalzos, which has built tremendous opportunities for children and low-income families in Colombia.

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shakira, shakira with children

“I’ve seen millions of people displaced in Colombia. But I’ve also seen that, in countries like mine, when a child is born poor, he will die poor, unless he receives an opportunity. That opportunity is education,” said Shakira in a NY Times interview.

Since 2004, Shakira’s non-profit has helped implement a comprehensive intervention model through the Open Door School strategy, which links quality public education, nutrition and life tools.