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.
Check out video of the pop star touring Port-au-Prince on Friday with students here.