UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira has recently pledged to donate $400,000 to a school in Haiti.
Pies Descalzos— which means “bare feet”— was a charity the singer started in 1995 to help fund schools in Colombia. However, in 2008, Shakira helped launch the organization globally, and has now made it her priority to ensure the Haitian school gets the funding it needs.
Luis Alberto Moreno, head of the Inter-American Development Bank, accompanied the star to Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, when she visited last week to announce the plans for her donation— which Moreno will match.
Shakira spoke in French to over 100 students and nuns from the school, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to help you make your dream come true. I would like to tell the girls of the Elie Dubois school that you should seize the opportunity for education.”
The young students were also able to perform some of the musician’s own hits for her on an improvised stage, which Shakira got up on and joined them.
The non-profit group Architecture for Humanity is set to rebuild two of the school’s buildings, hopefully completing them within a year from now.
Although all charity work is greatly appreciated, Madonna could certainly learn a thing or two from Shakira’s efforts toward restoring schools, rather than trying so hard to build her own!