Groundbreaking in Barranquilla, Colombia

Posted on August 19, 2014


Marc Anthony and Henry Cárdenas celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of their second project, an orphanage and school in Barranquilla, Colombia in partnership with Fundación Tecnoglass ESWindows, Fundación Pacific Rubliales and the Mayor of Barranquilla, Elsa Noguera

CHICAGO, August 14, 2014 – Maestro Cares Foundation, created by music icon Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cárdenas, in partnership with Fundación Tecnoglass ESWindows, Fundación Pacific Rubiales and the Mayor of Barranquilla, Elsa Noguera, announced today the construction of their new project, an orphanage for the region’s neediest children and a school that will serve those children as well as others from the community.

The event took place on August 14 in an open field where shortly construction will begin to build the new orphanage and school.  The site is located in Cuidad Verde, between the neighborhoods of La Paz and El Pueblito.


The ceremony began at 3:00pm in the afternoon with a special blessing by Auxilary Bishop Victor Tamayo Betancourt.  Maestro Cares founders Marc Anthony and Henry Cárdenas were present along with the Mayor of Barranquilla, Elsa Noguera, president of Tecnoglass, Christian Daes, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility of Fundación Pacific Rubiales, Alejandro Jimenez as well as 60 guests of the foundations and mayor’s office.

The land for the orphanage was donated by the city of Barranquilla. It will include dormitories, a primary school and learning areas, library, health clinic, dining hall, church, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.

“Today is a very emotional day for me and for my friend and partner, Henry Cárdenas.  Thank you to all of you present for your support of our dream and for continuing to help the neediest children in Latin America and for giving us the opportunity to make our dream of building homes for these children a reality,” expressed Marc Anthony.

For his part, Henry Cárdenas commented, “This is the continuation of an effort that has taken three years and would not have been possible without the support of Marc andall of the organizations who have stepped up to provide their support since the very beginning.  Our infinite thanks to Christian and Jose Manuel Daes, Federico Restrepo, Mayor Elsa Noguera, and Rafael Toro and Goya Foods as well as the staff of our foundations and organizations for being part of this historic event.”

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