Growing up in Barranquilla, Columbia, Shakira’s father made it a point to show Shakira how children who had less lived. They often took walks and discussed this. He wanted to instill a sense of gratitude in his daughter for all that she had. This was something that was also learned through the Catholic Church.
Out of a sense of need and gratitude, Shakira created the “Barefoot Foundation” in Columbia in 1997. The goal of this charity is to make sure that every displaced child gets an education, as is their right. There has been a lot of war in Columbia (drug and civil) and it has created the need for schools that specialize in helping displaced children and families. These displaced children don’t have the luxury of a stable home life, a secure source of food or a place to call their own and feel safe in. They need a constant in their lives, and the Barefoot Foundation provides it through education and hope. At this time the Barefoot foundation has provided meals and educations for more than 30,000 children.
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In 2004, the Foundation’s work built two schools in Shakira’s home town. Her home town of Barranquilla had seen an influx of displaced people. The children were in need and Shakira was there with her foundation.
The Barefoot Foundation has created many school in many areas of Columbia. To help both the children and the parents, the Foundation has set up cafeterias for the children that are staffed by the parents. The Barefoot Foundation and Shakira have given many displaced children and families hope. She has shown them someone cares.
The Barefoot Foundation is a charity that is funded by Shakira and some international companies that are ahead of their time in regards to their social obligations.
As part of her work with the Barefoot Foundation, Shakira has lobbied Governments and business to invest in early childhood development. The idea that education began at conception is not lost on her. She has seen firsthand how education from a young age can be the difference between success and failure, and sometime even between life and death. Education isn’t all about book learning. Her foundation also teaches life skills, basic hygiene, communication, and how to have fun. As her journey in activism has advanced, Shakira has used her time in the public eye to educate not only displaced children, but also the people of the world. Her work has brought this problem to the forefront in South America and neighboring Countries, and put both Government and businesses on notice about taking care of their obligations.
Shakira’s vision is to help every displaced child. By doing this she believes that in time, her country and others will find a way to be peaceful, and for its people to become successful. Educated people can lead the country and make improvements. But if we keep a generation of children uneducated, there will be no people to talk of peace or move us forward.
I can only imagine that since the birth of her two sons, Shakira’s desire to help these children has only increased. It must have become more personal. Her two boys have a great role model to look up to. Hopefully they follow in her shoes. I see growth and good things in the future for the Barefoot Foundation. With Shakira behind them, anything is possible!