Shakira Wants to Take Education to Poor Children in Colombia
humanitarian efforts. Many of her fans do not know that pop star has found her life’s purpose somewhere else.
Shakira is determined to take education to the largest number of poor kids in her native country of Colombia.
How about educating millions of American children who cannot read properly because of political correctness
and weak teaching propped up by teachers’ unions?
She revealed on a CBS show that she wants to build as many schools as possible for the underprivileged
children in Colombia and then extend her efforts to other deprived children in countries around the world, like
Haiti and South Africa. Someone should tell Shakira that South Africa is better off than most of Africa but it is
being run into the ground with the current leadership that is authoritarian in nature.
Shakira’s Motivation Behind Her Humanitarian Efforts
Shakira has grown up witnessing poverty and deprivation in her home country. She revealed on the CBS show
that she had seen children grow up impoverished, neglected, abused, and uneducated in the poor areas of the
country not far away from the glitzy and glamorous tourist hot spots where money flows like water. Shakira is a
compassionate human being and has a wise head on her shoulders.
She understands that such an upbringing spells doom on the future of the children and pushes them into a world
of crime and drugs at an early age. It is not hard to understand how Shakira was motivated to work for the
betterment of poor children. Besides, being a mother—she has a son, Milan, with Gerard Pique, the Spanish
soccer star—also makes her sensitive to the plight of underprivileged children who do not receive education.
Shakira’s Efforts to Spread Education Amongst the Poor
Motivated by her concerns, Shakira had established the Barefoot Foundation, the name inspired by her first
major pop album. Since then, she has built six schools in her home country and one each in Haiti and South
Africa. Her schools provide education and give hope to thousands of children, and according to Shakira, she
finds fulfillment in seeing the “many joyful faces in these students.”
It makes her confident that someday every child in Colombia will have access to education and the tools to
mold themselves into responsible citizens. It will be a day when Colombia will become free from the twin ills of
drugs and violence that right now ravages families and shatters communities.
Access to education not only empowers an individual to build a future of his dreams but also improves the
quality of life of his family and transforms his community. Shakira realizes the true value of education and
wants to utilize her privileged position to empower children around the world.