Shakira to Build School for Child Survivors of Haiti’s Earthquake
Shakira is making her star power useful!
The Colombian pop singer is the latest star with generous heart to help Haiti’s earthquake survivors, especially children. On Sunday, she met child survivors of Haiti’s earthquake who are now living in makeshift camps, saying she is searching for suitable land to build a school for needy children.
The 33-year-old singer arriving Sunday, immediately toured a camp housing nearly 50,000 people on a golf course. There, she met U.S. actor Sean Penn, who is providing humanitarian aid at Haitian refugee camps. In a brief interview, she stated, “We’ve come to make all the preparations to be able to start the building of a Barefoot school here in Haiti.”
Shakira has already joined Hollywood actors and other global celebrities to raise funds for the victims of the January 12. She’s one of the stars who joined forces on the new We Are The World project, coordinated by Quincy Jones. Beside that, her Barefoot foundation provides nutrition to more than 6,000 children in Colombia, and she is member of the ALAS foundation that advocates for children across Latin America.
The Hips Don’t Lie singer explained that the school would be modeled on similar establishments created by her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation, a charity that provides education, nutrition and psychological support to over six thousand Colombian children displaced by violence. She continued, “We think we can employ what we’ve learned (in Colombia) here, apply it in this country which needs it so much at the moment.”
The Haitian school would be built and run with other non-governmental organizations. She added that providing education to Haitian children would be a key part of the reconstruction of the quake-shattered country, which even before the disaster was already the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. “We need to think about the future of this country and of how Haiti’s children can be useful to their societies tomorrow… Education is one of the fundamental tools with which to develop and rebuild Haiti,” she said.
You’re such a great example, Shakira! Thumbs up!
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