Prior to her performance on the Hope for Haiti Now Telethon, Shakira announced an initiative to build a new school in Haiti through her Barefoot Foundation. The Foundation will work in partnership with Architecture for Humanity to build the school and NGO partners to provide education, school feeding, clean water, and sanitation services. Foundation board member Howard Buffett, World Food Program Ambassador Against Hunger, and chairman of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, will fund the school feeding component of the initiative and other related services.
“There is a great need for immediate aid in Haiti, but also for longer-term reconstruction,” said Shakira. “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 work of the Fundación Pies Descalzos, the Colombia-based foundation Shakira founded which provides education, nutrition, and psychological support to over six thousand Colombian children displaced by violence.
Watch Shakira’s performance at the Hope for Haiti telethon here: