Updated 04:51 PM EDT, Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Marc Anthony's Maestro Cares Foundation to Open Second Orphanage in Colombia

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Marc Anthony and Henry Cárdenas' Maestro Cares Foundation charity is about to open its second orphanage and school in Barranquilla, Colombia, this April.

According to a report from Fox News Latino, the city of Barranquilla has already "donated the land for the charity center." The upcoming Maestro Cares site will have "double the capacity of the Dominican Republic residence, serving more than 200 children," the report added.

Maestro Cares Foundation was founded in 2012 by Anthony and Cárdenas, the President and CEO of Cárdenas Marketing Network, the news outlet detailed. The charity's goal is to help children in Latin America living in poor communities "by providing housing, health, educational, and recreational centers and services where kids' basic needs can be met," explained Fox News Latino.

"The Foundation is taking off at warp speed. Marc Anthony has been leveraging his relationships to develop projects that are making a real difference in communities in need," Sylvia Zaldívar, Executive Director of Maestro Cares said, as quoted by Fox News Latino.

The projects of Maestro Cares are expensive, the news outlet noted. The first one they spearheaded was a home and school for boys in the Dominican Republic in August 2014. Centers are also expected to come up in Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Maestro Cares' projects wouldn't be possible without the assistance of other Latino philanthropists, particularly those who have significant positions in the entertainment, technology, and sports industries. Among those who support the foundation are Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claude, Fox News Latino listed. Anthony has also partnered with Goya Foods, which "donated a pound of food for every dollar raised at Anthony's concerts," the outlet wrote.

During the second annual "Changing Lives, Building Dreams" Gala of Maestro Cares Foundation held at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC, Anthony was emotional while discussing the importance of the orphanage to him.

"This is very personal," he said, as quoted by PEOPLE. "My kids in the Niños de Cristo orphanage, they're gonna eat, they're safe, they have their own beds, they have their own space. It comes down to dignity at the end of the day. I always say these children's beautiful, beautiful souls were dealt a rough set of cards, and at the very least, a bed, food, education ... really?"

The artist has four children with his ex-wives: sons Ryan, 11, and Christian, 14, with Dayanara Torres and 6-year-old twins Max and Emme with Jennifer Lopez, PEOPLE noted.

Anthony, who had humble beginnings in east Harlem, also added that he makes sure his children know that they are privileged in life. He has taken his kids in the orphanage to hang out with the orphans. Christian and Ryan even came up with a curriculum, PEOPLE added.

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