President Barack Obama is heading to Cartagena, Colombia to meet with 33 presidents and heads of state in the Summit of the Americas. And one important attendee is Colombian pop-star and philanthropist Shakira, who will take part of the summit to continue her activism work on behalf of disadvantaged children.
On Friday afternoon she will join the Conference with Americas Business Trust to help promote early childhood development policies in the private sector. In this conference she will join Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Costa Rica's current and first female president Laura Chinchilla, Chilean business man Sebastián Piñera and Prime minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller and Trinidad and Tobago premier Kamla Persad Bissessar.
On Saturday afternoon, she is scheduled to sing Colombia's national anthem at the opening ceremony in Cartagena.
And finally, on Sunday, Shakira will be meeting with President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss with both presidents a plan to continue advancing children's education through her foundation Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation), which works with impoverished children. The foundation currently has five schools in different regions of Colombia and provides education and psychological support for more than 4,000 children.
Last year, Shakira was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
The singer has been a longtime Obama supporter. Shakira endorsed him during the 2008 election and even performed at his inauguration.
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