Last Friday, Shakira arrived in her hometown Barranquilla, in Colombia, accompanied by Alejandro Char (mayor of the city) to start this dream of Nuevo Bosque together with Xavier Bertolín (Commercial Director of Obra Social La Caixa), María Vallès (President of the FC Barcelona Foundation) and Sandra Parker (Director of Philanthropic Development at the LCI Education Foundation). As strategic allies, they accompanied the Executive Director of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, Patricia Sierra, in presenting the project to the community of El Bosque.
The initiative takes place in one of the most vulnerable areas of Barranquilla, where its inhabitants have been victims of the country's violence and inequality. In a 6,000m² space, the new students of Pies Descalzos will be able to enjoy a library, an auditorium, dedicated rooms and areas for games, sports and art, among others. The facilities have been strategically designed to provide quality education for children and youth, in addition to providing an open-door community center for the inhabitants of El Bosque.
With this project, the LCI Education Foundation is carrying out its first social work, rebuilding the social fabric and contributing to the development of communities where the LCI Education network operates, as it has in Colombia for more than 20 years.
Today, with a joint investment by its allies of approximately 4,5 million USD (14,000 million Colombian pesos), it is with great hope and pride that Barranquilla officially launches the construction of this new institution.