2008 September


New shoes for our children. Thanks to Crocs and Soles United!

With the presence of the First Lady of Barranquilla, Katia Nule Char, Thais Leroiz representative of Crocs, and Maria Emma Mejia, President of Pies Descalzos Foundation , Crocs donated through its program SolesUnitedSM 10,000 pairs Crocs ™ shoes for the children of Pies Descalzos.

About Crocs, Inc.

Crocs, Inc. Is a company that designs, manufactures and sells shoes for men, women and children under the Crocs ™ brand.

The Crocs ™ are produced for the exclusive material Croslite ™, which revolutionized the footwear industry. The Croslite ™ material enables Crocs shoes are soft, comfortable, lightweight, stable, antimicrobial and odor-resistant. These unique features make Crocs ™ shoes are perfect for outdoor activities and also for professional use and casual as surfing, biking, horseback riding and for people who work in hospitals and gardening. The versatility of this material has enabled Crocs to reach a diverse group of consumers and users. The program is the first to SolesUnitedSM donations of recycled shoes. Has focused on quality shoes to donate to the needy throughout the world. SolesUnitedSM represents the commitment of Crocs, Inc. In social responsibility, through humanitarian efforts.


Fundación Pies Descalzos and Cotelco signed an agreement to benefit Income Generation program

Jaime Alberto Cabal SanClemente, Presidente de Cotelco y María Emma Mejía, Presidenta Fundación Pies Descalzos. Foto: José Barrera In recent days, Fundación Pies Descalzos and COTELCO signed an agreement to design strategies to improve conditions and quality of life of displaced communities and / or vulnerable served by Fundación Pies Descalzos.
Cotelco, as guild leader of Colombia's tourist industry, tends to improve levels of productivity and competitiveness of enterprises linked to the sector through strategies such as training and strengthening the quality, designing and developing training programs and accreditation for the strengthening of human capital.

Thanks to this agreement ,young entrepreneurs and micro-Income Generation Program of Pies Descalzos, will be trained to acquire the skills required by industry in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

Fundación Pies Descalzos, Cotelco and its partners, will allow the creation of small and medium firms to be suppliers of the industry.

Cotelco with Pies Descalzos Foundation will participate in the formulation of projects and initiatives that help improve business competitiveness of the guild, as well as the living conditions of communities.


Fundación Pies Descalzos signed an agreement to benefit the Early Childhood

De izquierda a derecha, Lucía Ruiz, Secretaria de Educación de Barranquilla, Alex Char, Alcalde Barranquilla, María Emma Mejía, Antonio Celia, Bruce MacMaster, miembros de la Junta Directiva de la Fundación Pies Descalzos y Nathalia Mesa, Directora Ejecutiva de la Fundación Carulla

The mayor of Barranquilla, Fundación Pies Descalzos and Fundación Carulla in recent days signed an agreement for the benefit of early childhood in Barranquilla. FundaciónPies Descalzos will bring the construction in the area of early education, a preschool which consists of seven classrooms, multi-room, art room and an area of socialization for parents and communities. The preschool is part of the Pies Descalzos school, to be inaugurated in February 2009. Fundación Carulla, through its brand aeioTu, will be responsible for the administration and operation of this area of early education on an agreement to twelve years renewable.

Every aeioTu centers are inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. This philosophy is characterized by "The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy." The teachers of schools aeioTu appreciate the immense capacities of children, accompanying them in their learning process and help them reach their full potential. Once this stage of pre-school, boys and girls continue their studies at Fundación Pies Descalzos school.

Thanks to this agreement, 135 children under 5 years of Corregimiento La Playa will benefit and acquire knowledge skills and competencies relevant to their lives and to meet the requirements of the formal education system.


Caja Navarra-Fundación Pies Descalzos Project:

Fundación Pies Descalzos is participating in the "You Choose, You Decide" initiative started by Caja Naarra, designed to raise funds to benefit 1,400 students through two projects at the Pies Descalzos School in Corregimiento La Playa, Barranquilla. One program works to improve the quality of education and the other gives school kits and uniforms to students.

Caja Navarra's social work is determined by clients, who choose what kind of social work they would like to support by making annual donations. For more information, visit: www.cajanavarra.es


Thanks! Newman´s Own Foundation

Fundación Pies Descalzos regrets the death of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, who through his Newman's Own Foundation Foundation, supported the nutrition of our children in Cazucá, Quibdo and Barranquilla.


Shakira goes global with her cause

The Associated Press
By Mesfin Fekadu

NEW YORK - Shakira, a longtime activist for Latin America's poor children, plans to make her Colombian children's foundation a global one in the near future.

Shakira said that Barefoot, known as Pies Descalzos in her native Colombia, will start focusing on children worldwide later this year.

"We have a model that works; under less than $2 a day, we can provide a kid with top-quality education and the nutrition that they need to be able to function and be able to learn, because a kid with an empty stomach cannot learn," said the singer, a multiplatinum superstar known for hits like "Hips Don't Lie."

Shakira raises funds for her Pies Descalzos Foundation

Alongside other stars and performers, Shakira appeared on the “Heart for Children” telethon on the German television program “Wetten, Das” to raise funds for her Foundation.

According to German Television channel ZDF, the telethon, which was broadcast on December 15th, raised twelve million Euros to be distributed among organizations that work to help needy children.

At the gala event, Shakira received the “Charity Personality of the Year” Award for her commitment to social causes.

Alliance between Hard Rock Cafe and Shakira

Shakira and the Hard Rock Café join together to help the children of the Pies Descalzos Foundation.

To support the Pies Descalzos Foundation, you can buy the Hard Rock Café Signature Series T-shirts, designed by Shakira, at any Hard Rock Café. Your contribution will help to provide food, education and psychological counseling services for the many children who have been displaced by the violent internal conflict in Colombia.