About Us


Fundación Pies Descalzos

We are a Colombian non-profit organization, created by the international artist Shakira in 1997. We work for an equal and solidary country, with more opportunities for low-income children.

We are a Foundation that implements a comprehensive intervention model to promote quality public education with private support for children in vulnerable and displaced communities in Colombia, where the school is seen as the Center of Community Development. 

We will be a Foundation recognized for the development of a comprehensive intervention model, which results in citizens committed with the development of their communities.


In 1997 at age 18, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia after her first international hit. Through the Foundation she has been supporting children in vulnerability and displacement conditions in the country. On account of her work, Shakira was named in 2003 as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and by 2006 she participated in the creation of ALAS Foundation (Latin America in Solidarity Action), an organization that she continues supporting actively until this day. Read more


Ashley Ladouceur

I’m a Canadian based in Ottawa, Ontario. I have a degree in graphic arts, I take photographs and enjoy the world of social media. I’ve built my portfolio by working with non-profit organizations such as: Fundación Pies Descalzos, Oxfam Canada and Soccer for Peace. I've also worked artists, government departments and private firms.

I have a keen interest in social development programs, especially early childhood education. My attention is particularly focused on children living in Colombia. See more

Collaboration: Campaign 2015

The objective is to offer an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to help a large number of kids in Soacha, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Quibdó attain safe sanitation services and adopt good hygiene practices, the most basic everyday need. 

Sanitation and hand washing provide the necessary protection against fecal contact.  Establishing the habit of hand washing could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. 


It’s when those kids smile.
Everything lights up!
— Ashley Ladouceur