Shakira donates $400K to Haitian school
Singer pledges cash in effort to help rebuild learning center destroyed by last year's earthquake.
Mon, Apr 04 2011 at 11:36 AM
After the January 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, pop star Shakira pledged support to help rebuild the Elie Dubois High School in downtown Port-au-Prince. The nine-classroom, 250-student school was built in 1913, and was the first in Haiti to provide vocational training for girls.
After a year of fundraising, Shakira's Barefoot Foundation
announced this week a donation of $400,000 to help finance the project. A generous matching donation by the Inter-American Development Bank rounded out the construction budget.
"I'm convinced the key to achieve a dignified future for the Haitian people is through education," she told students at a celebration. "I'd like to say to the girls that this is an enormous opportunity that life is offering you — education. So make the most of it because I'm sure you can achieve any of your dreams."
Once construction starts, it's estimated that the school will take 14 months to complete.
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