The Wayuu Taya Foundation
Patricia Velasquez is well aware of the hardships encountered by Latin American indigenous communities, especially in her native Wayuu Village area where, on average, one child a day was dying due to malnutrition and poor living conditions. In 2002, she started a charity, The Wayuu Taya Foundation, as a way to improve the lives of these indigenous communities while still respecting their traditions, cultures and beliefs. The Foundation focuses its efforts in areas such as food initiatives, education, arts/culture and medical assistance. Winning The Celebrity Apprentice will help Patricia finish building a school in a Wayuu village in Columbia.