Shakira plans to build a school for Haiti children

Thank God for celebrities who care, like Shakira and countless others.

The Colombian singer is planning to build a school for the children in Haiti whose lives have been turned upside-down by the earthquake that ravaged the nation last week.

She is set to perform on tonight’s Hope For Haiti Now telethlon, but she also wants to continue helping those affected.

Per ContactMusic:

Through her Barefoot Foundation, the star has teamed up with the Architecture for Humanity charity to build a school after the relief effort has helped get Haitians back on their feet. And Shakira hopes the school will mirror the success of the education facility she launched in her native Columbia, which provides teaching, nutrition and counseling for kids in need.

She says, “There is a great need for immediate aid in Haiti, but also for longer-term reconstruction. For that reason, we are doing our small part to help Haiti rebuild and give the children affected by this disaster the chance to learn and thrive. I hope we can use some of what we’ve learned working in Colombia to help Haiti’s children recover. When we educate children we empower societies, and right now Haiti needs all of our help.”

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