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Educational Institution Pies Descalzos Foundation
Lomas del Peye

The Lomas del Peye, Cartagena school, is in a vulnerable community integrated by 11 neighborhoods that have formed over the past 15 years, as a consequence of internally displacements from Montes de Maria and Magdalena Medio where there is a significant evidence of poverty, displacement and a shortage of access to public services.

The school was built on a 14,000-meter lot on a mountain; the only space free of invasions and which initially was a total area of 34,000 M2 with significant inclinations and large presence of native vegetation. It includes 49 classrooms for kindergarten, elementary, secondary and technical training, as well as specialized classrooms, a library, an auditorium-cafeteria, a sports area and administrative offices, among others.

It is able to serve 1,373 students, their families and members of the community through the implementation of extracurricular activities which aim to facilitated tools for a better quality of life. Currently has 43 teachers, the Principal is Father Alfonso Moreno Grau.

Architecture and Ecosystem

The space where the school is located at the intersection between the ecosystem of the Cienaga de la Virgen and the Cerro de la Popa, a property from the social fund and urban district reform of Cartagena (Corvivienda). This project designed by renowned architect Giancarlo Mazzanti also constitutes an ecological and environmentally friendly proposal. The school  is an environmental barrier that seeks to stop urban sprawl on the ecosystem.

Like all our Schools (which we contribute to improve their infrastructure or that we built), we look that the architectural project becomes an urban reference of great social impact and a change for the population of this important area of Cartagena>

Pies Descalzos

We are a Colombian non-governmental organization founded by worldwide acclaimed artist Shakira in 1997 with the main objective to promote QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION for children in vulnerable situation in Colombia.

Since 2004, we have implemented a comprehensive intervention strategy, with five axis: provide quality & public education, improve the nutrition of our children, promote personal growth & sustainable development, building top-notch schooling infrastructures and finally establishing supported schools as community centers via ‘Open door school strategy’.

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Pies Descalzos Foundation
Steet 85 No. 18-32 Of. 401
Bogotá - Colombia (571) 6358770