People Staff
August 18, 2008 AT 01:40 PM EDT

The National Council of La Raza paid special homage to Shakira for her humanitarian and educational work with children during the Alma awards.

“The daily call to action is to help other people. All the children I’ve met who live in extreme poverty have dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, or lawyers, and we all know that education is the foundation for success, and a powerful instrument to break the cycle of poverty,” said the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, 31, when she received the award.

For several years, the UNICEF ambassador has dedicated her time to promote health and education for impoverished children who don’t have opportunities to go to school.

América Ferrera, Linda Ronstadt, designer Narciso Rodríguez, Edward James Olmos, Eduardo Verástegui, Roselyn Sánchez, Jorge García and Judy Reyes were also recognized for their achievements and given awards.

The fourth annual Alma awards will be televised on ABC on September 12.

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