Shakira, a really exceptional artist and world star, is a truly modest and straight woman adhering to whatever she does or is going to do.
She was born on February 2nd 1977 in Baranquilla, Colombia. Her so-called real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, and it was already as a young girl of eight years that she was avid for music. In this age she had already begun creating her own songs and lyrics which she presented at home. She then decided to perform them at her friends’ places as well, leading to early successes. People were especially fond of her exceptional dance style and choreographies that she created on her own. From her 13th year of age, her success was not to be stopped any more, as she bewitched all Latin Americans with her performances to her own lyrics. After her great success in Latin America, where she had successfully released her first two albums, she was now chosen to represent her country at the OTI festival in Spain. However, at the time, Shakira was only 15 years old, so she wasn’t allowed to participate. After this deep hit, she decided to drop out of school and produce her albums on her own. Now, the young artist was unstoppable: with only sweet 16 years, she starts her two-year world tour.
She manages to cast a spell on the audience over and over again which is mainly because no other female artist enjoys singing and dancing live in front of their fans. This woman is bursting with professionalism and charm, so it’s easy for her to win her fans’ hearts. Yet this is but one side of this exceptional artist: Shakira is not only a singer but as well ambassadress for the children of her country. During the next three years, she’s going to put more and more effort into her new project to help the poorest of the poor in her home country. This way, she’s going to cause an improvement of both living and educational conditions for her children. She’s also going to support her foundation with more than five million US dollars.
Shakira clearly says she has seen with her own eyes that the situation is dramatically sharpening with more than 40 million children in Latin America without the privilege to be able to go to school. 400,000 children alone die only because there’s no medical attendance, there’s a serious lack of clean water and many more things. It’s simply her actual want to give back something to her country and her children who she loves more than anything else, and so she collects money whenever she can in order to improve her country’s crucial situation. It’s also why the artist makes the effort to create such exceptional projects like the cooperation with car manufacturer Seat, so people donate money for her children in Colombia.
In cooperation with Seat, her main sponsor of her Europe tour, she’s designed and developed a special edition model on basis of the Seat Leon. She really enjoyed the work on it, for she could show her exceptional creative character Shakira helped deciding on the used colours and is responsible for most of the interior’s materials.
The car was named after her foundation which was founded in 1997: “Fundación Pies Descalzos” which in English means something like “Barefoot Foundation”. All income obtained through the auction sale of the car of course go to the Fundación Pies Descalzos. With this foundation, the exceptional artist is supporting homeless children in Colombia. She can be proud of her work, for she has already given thousands of children a new home and supported a better nutrition. It’s admirable as well that she always speaks quite modestly about her excellently done job. She prefers acting instead of talking. Her project also keeps an eye on educational institutions for the homeless children.
Shakira has been nominated as ambassadress for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in 2003 and takes her job seriously. Children are the most valuable good on earth, and for Shakira, it’s an inner necessity to improve children’s lives so that they have a right on a happy future. They should be inspired with confidence for a new start into their lives. Shakira has succeeded in 2,600 children now being schooled and cared for in five schools in the cities of Barranquilla, Bogotá and Quibdó.
She says her commitment was especially dedicated to those children not having the aforementioned chances, that is, children living under socially deprived conditions. Those children are the ones needing assistance the most, and with the respective schools and kindergartens, this assistance can be offered.
Through her foundation “ALAS”, she could donate the incredible amount of 40 million dollars in 2007 for the reconstruction of regions in Peru and Nicaragua devastated by a natural disaster.
On December 15th 2007, she received the “Charity Person of the Year” award.
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