Singer and philanthropist Shakira visited Cartagena along with members of her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation, laying the first brick for a new school being built in the Colombian city.

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Shakira said, "I know that the world, little by little will understand that wherever there is a kid who is hungry and can't attend school... that kid should be a concern to all of us and our responsibility. I'm sure that this awareness will grow in each one of us, because the world has become a small neighborhood, and we should all be concerned about the issues that others have to face."

The school and community center, designed by renowned architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, will benefit 1,500 boys and girls and their parents, who will enjoy classrooms, laboratories, technology and audiovisual centers and multiple sports fields. Teachers and administration will have ample space for recreation, art and sports under the educational philosophy of the organization.

The Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa.

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