Footprints for life
Who we are

The Pies Descalzos Foundation was founded in 1997 by renown singer-songwriter and global humanitarian Shakira to improve the education and social development of children in Colombia. We seek to improve teaching and innovation processes, and overcome all educational infrastructure current challenges in Colombia and Latin America.

Our Vision

We want the next generation of Colombians to see education as a vehicle of change to dream, build and fulfill their life project.

Our Mission

We focus our efforts in: 

1. Building proper educational infrastructure projects to increase coverage, access and permanence in school with spaces for learning.

2. Developing pedagogical projects to impact the teaching-learning processes, working hand in hand with teachers to increase educational and labor expectations in the country.

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1997

Shakira creates the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia after her first international success.

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2003

Shakira is named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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2006

Shakira receives the “Solidarity Recognition” from ayuda en Acción. She also win the Spirit of Hope at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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2007

Shakira receives recognition from the Charity Persönlichkeit, Bild.

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2009

MTV presents the Award “Agentes de Cambio”. She is invited to speak at Oxford University to talk about her philanthropy work as well as the importance of Early Childhood Education.

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2010 | 1

Shakira is recognized with the Young Leader Award from the International Young Leaders Foundation, which highlights her trajectory as an example for new generations. After the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Shakira visited Port-au-Prince and pledged to support education in the country.

2010 | 2

During the month of June, the Mango-Waka Waka campaign was launched, led by Shakira, with the aim of raising funds for the construction of a multipurpose hall in a school in Soweto (Southeast of Johannesburg – South Africa).

2010 | 3

Shakira performed the traditional Freixenet (champagne brand) Christmas commercial, and donated her entire payment for the construction of two new schools in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and Cartagena (Colombia).

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2011

Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, names Shakira as a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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2012

At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena Shakira participated in the ALAS-BID awards for the promotion of early childhood development.

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2013

Order of Princess Isabella (November 20, 2013), granted by the Borbones of India for humanitarian works carried out through the Barefoot Foundation.

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2014

Shakira was recognized as a “Hero” at the Radio Disney Music Awards. This award was given in recognition of her philanthropic trajectory, as well as her work with the children of Colombia and the world that she has developed through the Pies Descalzos Foundation. Best leader in Colombia 2014

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2017

Shakira Mebarak receives the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum for her leadership in education and early childhood development.

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2020

The World Literacy Summit and the World Literacy Council are awarding Shakira the 2020 International Literacy Prize for her significant contribution to global education.

Patricia Sierra

Executive Director

“We educate to transform realities, since education is inclusion and equity in order for all the children to initiate the career of their lives in the same starting line. We can only achieve this with quality education”

Juan A Lemus

Administrative And Financial Management

“It’s passion and it moves us, it is the opportunity to change thousands of children and young people’s lives, this is what really matters and what we feel proud of”

Carolina Quiroga

Project Director

"Education is the most accurate way for two vital social transformations: Reduce inequalities and break down prejudices"

Javier Ruiz

Monitoring And Evaluation

"Contributing and seeing improvements in education is to recognize that among all we have the potential required to transform our society and live together in peace"

Carlos Echeverri

Todos Al Cole Project Manager

"Rethinking education to give children the possibility of being capable, powerful and empathetic humans"

Henry Beltrán

Todos Al Cole Monitoring And Evaluation - Todos Al Cole

"For an education that allows to develop us, impact others and transform our environments"

Natalia Bernal

Communications and Advocay Coordinator

“Through education we shape children with character and unique values to create a better world"

Alejandra Samudio

Product Manager

“Let's pursue together the goal that all girls and boys have access to quality education, to have more capable people with more fulfilled dreams in the future"

Gina Acosta

Administrative Assistant And Human Resources

“Educating is orientating, is creating, is giving opportunities, and is making an easier path to do new things”

Nataly Olaya

Accountant

“Education leads us in the search for a better future; contributing with knowledge acquired during a long process of learning and living experiences”

Carol Patiño

Administrative And Accountant Assistant

“With education we empower our children to make wise and informed decisions to forge a better future”

Luis Alexander Vargas

Pedagogical Manager - Cartagena

“Education is the path that drives to coexistence"

Jeackeline Sánchez

Manager Of Continuous Education - Barranquilla

“Education is the path that drives to coexistence"

Juan Esteban Hernández

Pedagogical Manager - Cartagena

“Through education, we can evolve our thinking, forge our ideas, and participate positively in society's transformation"

Leydi Manuela Mosquera

Social Manager - Quibdó

“I believe in education as a transforming tool because it draws the most sincere and shiny smiles on the saddest faces”

Leonar Salas

Liason And Follow-Up Professional - Quibdó

“I believe in education as a transforming tool because it draws the most sincere and shiny smiles on the saddest faces”

Claudia Patricia Trochez

Pedagogical Leader in Learning through Play proyect (LEGO) - Caquetá

"Education allows us to access greater opportunities to be and do what we dream of"

Lorena Vargas Andrade

Territorial Leader in Learning through Play proyect (LEGO) - Caquetá

"Education is the most powerful tool we have to change our reality and empower new generations".

Kissy Manrique Palacio

Todos Al Cole Territory Coordinator Barranquilla

"There's no such a perfect instrument to transform the nations around the world than education"

Marlon Guerrero Amarís

Todos Al Cole Information Analyst Barranquilla

“Education is a right to learn”

Vanessa Pacheco

Todos Al Cole Strategic Partnerships Barranquilla

“Education is our responsibility because it is the tool that allows us to transform, unlearn and co-create the reality of children and our own”

Davinson David Henríquez

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is the magic with we positively change the reality of a country"

Wilmer Salas 

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is a two-way process in which all people can learn and where knowledge is the foundation for creating new learning spaces.

Jomadis Martínez Zuñiga

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education allows for autonomous and critical thinking, to build spaces for personal and professional growth."

Ofelia Ortega Jiménez 

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education enables the development of a whole being, changing lives and opening possibilities for a better future."

Rosa Del Valle Salas

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is one of the most important acts for human beings; their evolution and development depend on it."

Daniela Pérez Díazgranados

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is the universal pillar for transforming the world of children; it is an instrument that allows us to adapt to the permanent changes of life."

Jeyson David Paternina

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is the means that allows us to break down the barriers of inequality."

Alan Stiven Granados

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is the tool that allows us to be constantly evolving."

Andrea Carolina Herrera

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is the fundamental basis for the transformation and development of a country."

Yarelis María Ríos

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"By bringing about change in children and their families, education also ensures an equitable country."

Gineth Natalia Pastrana 

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is a construction of learning that can be used in different contexts and situations, as well as being the impulse that allows us to change realities."

María Claudia Henríquez

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is freedom"

Linda Márquez Ariza 

Field Professional - Barranquilla

"Education is reading the book that gives us big dreams."

María Carolina Sará

Specialized Psychosocial Professional- Barranquilla

"To educate means to transform; to provide human beings with tools so that through their actions, they can turn their environment into a better place".

José David De La Rosa

Specialized Languaje Professional- Barranquilla

"Education is the opportunity to believe that anything is possible."

Andrés Felipe Polo

Accountant Assistant - Barranquilla

"The change in education fills us with happiness and hope"

María Camila Barrios 

Nutritionist

"La educación es la brújula que te guía en el camino, para conseguir tus sueños, no importa el lugar donde te encuentres"

Karen Yojana Garcés

Field Coordinator - Cartagena

"Concibo la educación como un proceso continuo, permanente, dinámico e inacabado que le permite al hombre trascender y transformar sus contextos"

Lucerly Contreras 

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Educate with love and never stop learning."

María Fernanda Blanco 

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is the greatest act of resistance in the face of mental scarcity"

John Jairo García  

Profesional de CField Professional - Cartagenaampo - Cartagena

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has already been forgotten." (B.F.Skinner 1904-1990)

Keyla Patricia Olmos

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is a vehicle for social transformation."

Martha Vargas Mendoza

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is the art of teaching in order to learn and transform realities."

Viviana Polo Del Toro  

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is art that we can capture with a brush of a thousand colors."

Jocelyn Miranda Petro

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is art that we can capture with a brush of a thousand colors."

Jonathan Correa

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Thanks to education we know the value and importance of human connection."

Róniz Cáceres Valdéz 

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is an engine whose revolutions are generating a remarkable change in reality."

Lizeth Martínez

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education, in addition to enriching culture, is the first condition for freedom, democracy and sustainable development. (Kofin Annan)"

Kelly Ortega Torres

Field Professional - Cartagena

"The intelligence of the mind with knowledge is learned."

Andrés Celis 

Specialized Psychosocial Professional- Cartagena

"Education unfolds the power to reinterpret reality, to produce something new and to rearrange capacities to use them in unforeseen ways. Through it we give ourselves and we are in the world."

Oswaldo Castellanos García

Specialized Math Professional - Cartagena

"The education of a people is the awakening to a more equitable and just society."

Catalina Sierra Rojas

Specialized Languaje Professional - Cartagena

"Education is a collective exercise of freedom that allows the individual to be what he wishes to be in relation to what he is capable of doing."

Jorge Luis Matorel

Field Professional - Cartagena

"Education is the art of creating people capable of undertaking new ideas, the future of all."

Xavi Menós 

Digital Media Collaborator

"To see a child on his way to school happy: with a backpack full of books, notebooks and pencils is the guarantee not only of a more prosperous world but also of a more equal and just society."

Evelyn Mosquera Hurtado

Volunteer - Supporting Activties In Quibdó

"For me, education is present and future, because it allows us to open our minds to dream and to reach our goals" 

Julián Salazar Vargas

Pedagogical And Permanence Professional - Todos Al Cole

"Education changes thoughts, impacts lives, and provides opportunities to build a society where everyone is happy and valued in diversity."

Walter De Jesús Suárez

Specialized Math Professional- Barranquilla

"Education is a unique process of training a person to face his daily life from knowledge, skills, experiences, competences and values imparted".

Ana Hernández Cotta

Todos Al Cole Strategic Partnerships Cartagena

“May education allow you to have the life you've dreamed!”

Alejandro Santo Domingo

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Empresarial Bavaria S.A. and Valorem S.A. Member and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SABMiller PLC and member of the Boards of Directors of several NGOs around the world.

Bruce Mac Master

Co-Founder of Compartamos con Colombia and the Granitos de Paz Foundation. In 2012 he was Director of the Department for Social Prosperity and Mayor in charge of Cartagena. Member of the Board of Directors of several NGOs.

Enrique Narciso

Former director of multiple financial institutions. Former Partner and member of the Board of Directors of General de Seguros in Venezuela. Founding partner of technology companies.

Antonio Celia

Former President of Promigas and creator of Fundación Promigas. Former member of the Board of Directors of Empresarios por la Educación and of several Colombian NGOs.

Maria Emma Mejía

Ambassador of Colombia to the UN until 2019. Former Minister of Education and Foreign Affairs of Colombia. Ambassador of Colombia in Spain and Secretary General of the UNASUR. From 2003 to 2011 she was President of the Pies Descalzos Foundation.