Latin singing sensation Shakira has released pics and video of her growing baby bump to raise money for the UNICEF.
The “She Wolf” singer, 35, and her soccer star beau, Gerard Pique, hope to supply poverty stricken communities with necessities like food packages and vaccines via an initiative they’ve dubbed “The World Baby Shower.” Instead of nifty baby stuff like onesies and diaper bags, the parents-to-be are asking fans to donate their dollars to tots in need.
“As you all know, we will soon be welcoming our first child into the world, and to celebrate his birth we’ve organised a virtual baby shower in association with UNICEF. In lieu of receiving gifts for our baby as with a traditional shower we would like to offer support for babies who live in conditions of extreme poverty throughout the world. Every expectant parent around the world shares all the same hopes and dreams for their children that we do. Yet many don’t share the same opportunities. Together we know we can change that.”
Shakira takes this humanitarian thing seriously. In 2008, the award-winning Colombian singer-songwriter was selected “Humanitarian of the Year” by People en EspaÃ±ol magazine, thanks to her work towards providing better international healthcare as well as her efforts with impoverished children through her foundation Pies Descalzos and Latin America in Solidarity.
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer told the magazine that she learned to have compassion for the needy when she was seven years old and her parents’ jewelry store went bankrupt. To help her understand that some kids were living in even worse conditions, her parents took her to a park in Barranquilla where homeless children sniffed glue to forget their hunger.
Her Barefoot Foundation provides nutrition to more than 6,000 children in her native Colombia. She is also a member of the ALAS Foundation, which advocates for children across Latin America.
Shakira will appear as a judge on the upcoming fourth season of The Voice.