In November 2018, the first phase of the Nuevo Bosque and Villas de Aranjuez projects began. These two new educational institutions will be located in Barranquilla and Cartagena respectively. We thank The Ministry of National Education and its Fund for Financing Educational Infrastructure, the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, the Mayor’s Office of Cartagena, the FC Barcelona Foundation, the Banca La Caixa Foundation, the Costa Crucero Company, the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, the LCI Educational Foundation and the Swiss Embassy in Colombia. Without their participation it would have been impossible to start these new projects that symbolize the dream of educating and caring for our children in order to cement the path of peace.
In Barranquilla, this project will become a reality in one of the most vulnerable areas, the Nuevo Bosque neighborhood. Inhabitants here have been victims of crime and inequality. This institution will be built in an area of 6,000 m² thanks to the investment of more than $14,000 million pesos.
Construction of another new educational institution is underway in the neighborhood Villas de Aranjuez, located in the City of Bicentennia. With an approximate budget of $14,000 million pesos, this institution will be built in a 14,500 m² area and will bring quality education and community development to the residents.
Today, thanks to an alliance of private and governmental entities, our dream of developing high quality education programs for children living in communities immersed in poverty is growing and becoming a reality.
At Pies Descalzos we know that quality education is the way to build peace in Colombia. As of today, more than 30,000 meters have been built, thanks to more than 500 donors and 300 partners. It is because of them that it is possible to see a significant change in these communities.