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Shakira announces huge donation by Slim and Buffett to help poor Latin American kids 夏奇拉宣布大筆捐款幫助拉丁美洲貧童

Shakira, center, gestures as she sits between Carlos Slim, left, and Howard Buffett, right, in Mexico City on May 15, 2008.
本月十五日於墨西哥市,坐在卡洛斯.史林(左)和霍華德.巴菲特(右)中間的夏奇拉(中)以手勢示意。
照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

Colombian singer Shakira announced earlier this month that businessmen Carlos Slim and Howard Buffett will donate US$200 million (NT$6.1 billion) to a foundation that helps poor children in Latin America.

Slim, Mexico’s richest man, will donate US$110 million and his business expertise. Buffett, son of investment guru Warren Buffett, will give US$85 million. The other US$5 million will be donated by people throughout Latin America.

“Imagine what Latin America could achieve if we invest in developing the potential of these children,” Shakira said.

The Latin America in Solidarity Action was launched in 2006. Its Spanish acronym is ALAS, or “wings.” The group is trying to tackle poverty that kills an estimated 350,000 children each year in the region.

Conceived by Shakira, the foundation is also backed by Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

ALAS hosted two massive concerts earlier this month in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. The concerts were held to raise awareness about 32 million children living in poverty in Latin America. Among the performers at the concerts was Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)

哥倫比亞歌手夏奇拉本月初宣布,富商卡洛斯.史林和霍華德.巴菲特將捐出兩億美元(新台幣六十一億元)給一個專門幫助拉丁美洲貧童的基金會。

墨西哥首富史林將捐出一億一千萬美元,並分享他的商業知識;股神華倫.巴菲特的兒子霍爾德.巴菲特將捐助八千五百萬美元。其餘五百萬美元捐款則來自拉丁美洲各界善心人士。

夏奇拉說:「想像一下,如果我們現在投資培育這些未來的主人翁,將來拉丁美洲會如何大放異彩。」

二OO六年成立的「拉丁美洲團結行動」,西班牙文的首字縮寫是ALAS,意思是「翅膀」,該組織希望協助解決拉丁美洲每年約有三十五萬名孩童死於貧困的問題。

由夏奇拉發起的這個基金會,也獲得諾貝爾得主加百列.賈西亞.馬奎玆的大力支持。

ALAS這個月初在布宜諾斯艾利斯和墨西哥市主辦了兩場大型演唱會,希望能喚起人們對拉丁美洲約三千兩百萬名貧童的關注。波多黎各流行歌手瑞奇.馬汀也在演唱會表演嘉賓之列。

(美聯社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. foundation n.

基金會 (ji1 jin1 hui4)

例: Charitable foundations help those in need.

(慈善基金會專門協助有需要者。)

2. expertise n.

專門知識 (zhuan1 men2 zhi1 shi4)

例: That job is outside my expertise.

(那個工作並非我專長所在。)

3. conceive v.t./v.i.

構想出 (gou4 xiang3 chu1)

例: I conceived a master plan last month.

(我上個月構思出一個整體計畫。)

4. poverty n.

貧窮 (pin2 qiong2)

例: Poverty is a huge problem in China.

(貧窮是中國一大問題。)


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