Barefoot in Bogotá is an account of my summer in and around Bogotá.  I’m working for the Fundación Pies Descalzos (Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation) which provides assistance to internally displaced persons and insecure popuations through programs and schools. I’m working at the Gabriel Garcia Márquez School in the Comuna of Altos de Cazucá, in the city of Soacha.  The area is very poor and overcrowded with more IDPs arriving each day. The Comuna has little access to health services, almost no infrastructure and an almost complete lack of governance.  However, the children, their families and the staff at the schools consist of some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.  The children are always smiling and laughing and are extremely outgoing.  They and their families (as well as the staff) are notable in their politeness and welcoming attitude.  In all, despite the conditions that these people live in, and the history of violence that many have faced and escaped, they are able to put a smile on my face every day, and I spend most of my mornings and afternoons laughing!


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