Building Happiness

Shakira's “Pies Descalzos” Foundation and Costa Cruises: working together to build a new school in Colombia

The project

The "Building Happiness" project aims to help children in Cartagena and their families by providing practical support for their education. The Brick of Happiness is a symbol that represents the foundation stone of the new school. The brick will go on a very special journey aboard Costa ships and will pass from hand to hand amongst our crew and our guests before arriving in Colombia. The project, based on the model of quality public education designed 20 years ago since the creation of Shakira’s Pies Descalzos Foundation, aims to welcome over 1300 children and includes nutritional programmes, health care and special training activities for parents and the local community

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The Brick of Happiness

Il Mattone della Felicità

The Foundation

Fundacion Pies Descalzos

Pies Descalzos is an NGO (non-governmental organisation) founded in 1997 in Colombia by Shakira. Its main objective is to promote a programme of education for local children in which Costa is playing an active role.