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She is a psychologist, university professor and a specialist in social psychology and child development. She is an expert in design, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social development with emphasis on education.

Patricia worked with the Christian Children's Fund one of the oldest world NGOs for 11 years, working in the area of Child Development, directing programs aimed at children and young people in vulnerable sectors of Colombia. She also designed children's programs to improve the quality of education in Latin America.

She began in 2004 as Program Director of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, coordinated by the hand of academia and the public and private sectors the scheme of evaluation and monitoring of the programs implemented.

Our administrative team is located in Bogota. In addition, we have regional teams and volunteers in Quibdó, Barranquilla and Cartagena, where we implement our integral intervention model.


Juan Andrés Lemus:
Managing and
Financial Director

Ana Milena Matallana:
Programs Coordinator

Natalia Duarte:
Communications and Public Relations

Paula Andrea Vizcaya:
Media and Network Manager
Assistant of Donations and Volunteering

Gina Paola Acosta:
Administrative Assistant and Human Resources

Nataly Olaya:
Accounting Assistant

Myriam Marín:
General Services

Rodrigo Beltrán:

Xavi Menós:


Jackeline Sánchez:
Regional Coordinator
Flor González:
Social Promoter


Stephen Mosquera:
Regional Coordinator
Leydi Mosquera:
Social Promoter


Liliana Núñez:
Regional Coordinator

Jorge Luis Julio:
Education Responsible

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