Did you know that in Latin America poverty has the face of a child?
That’s how Alicia Barcena, head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), put it following their most recent report on the number of people living in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. The most recent statistics say that 167 million people in this region live in poverty and children make up 51 percent of those living in extreme poverty.
It was staggering numbers like these that led Maestro Cares Foundation co-founders, global artist Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cárdenas to establish the foundation in 2012. Their vision was for The Maestro Cares Foundation to support the housing and educational needs of orphaned and underprivileged children across Latin America.
Now entering its third year, The Maestro Cares Foundation has already made great strides in brightening the lives of children in La Romana, Dominican Republic. In April 2014, the Foundation opened a new state-of-the-art facility with living quarters for over 100 children, recreational areas for sports, a kitchen and cafeteria, library and computer lab.
August 2014 brought the groundbreaking of the foundation’s second project in Barranquilla, Colombia. Once complete in April 2015, it will be home and school to over 200 boys and girls. Plans are currently in place for projects in Mexico, Perú and Puerto Rico….2015 promises to be a very busy year!
Maestro Cares Foundation has gotten off to a great start with the strength of its partnerships and the generosity of its donors. Pacific Rubiales and Tecnoglass have partnered with the foundation in Colombia. Beyond building facilities, the foundation seeks to find donors and partners who have an interest in providing the resources that children need to grow into self sufficient individuals and good citizens. Recently the Maestro Cares Foundation teamed up with iconic brand Goya Foods to harness the power of Marc Anthony’s devoted fans for the boys of Orfanato Niños de Cristo in La Romana.
Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, sponsored ten of Marc Anthony’s national ‘Cambio de Piel’ tour concerts and pledged to donate up to 50,000 pounds of food to The Maestro Cares Foundation by matching every dollar donated by fans with one pound of food.
After enticing fans with the chance to win the opportunity to meet Marc Anthony backstage, the campaign raised $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food has already begun to reach the children at the Orfanato Niños de Cristo. Goya Foods is also supporting our project in Colombia. We hope that our continued presence in Latin America can spark this type of entrepreneurial spirit far and wide.
We are extremely proud that our efforts have made such a deep impact in such a short amount of time, but there is much work to be done.
We invite you to be a part of the legacy that Maestro Cares Foundation is establishing by giving – not to The Maestro Cares Foundation, but to the children who would otherwise have no place to call home.
On behalf of our founders, our partners, our board of directors, and on behalf of the children of Latin America, we thank you for your generosity and wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season.
Donate here: http://www.maestrocares.org/donate/