Team Philippines for the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014 was supported by a number of organisations working together. Led by the Fairplay for All Foundation which works in Payatas, Quezon City, the NGOs assisted each other in building and supporting the team.
The Fairplay for All Foundation works in Payatas, the location of the largest dumpsite in Metro Manila. It runs a drop-in centre for street children in the area and coaches football to children from Payatas and also in Kasiglahan, a relocation centre after the dumpsite collapsed in 2000. It is run by Roy Moore and Naomi Tomlinson.
Fairplay for All brought both a boys’ and a girls’ team to Rio in 2014 to represent the Philippines.
The Philippines is made up of roughly 92 million people spread across 7,107 islands.
It has beautiful beaches, lush forests, and natural beauty that is stunning. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and being very friendly to visitors while the culture is largely based on food with people sharing with each other.
The capital is Manila and Metro Manila has a population of almost 12 million people. The Philippines is the 43rd largest economy in the world and is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. However it is also 121st in the world for GDP per capita and the 48th most unequal country in the world (GINI). It has a poverty rate of 44% according to the statistics from Gapminder. Despite such natural beauty there are roughly 1.5-2 million street children in the Philippines. In the Philippines it is illegal to sleep on the streets, criminalising street children and allowing them to be locked up in jails. The country has a lot of potential and is doing some great things, but still faces many problems in the case of street children.
A level playing field for all: Fairplay on and off the pitch.
Football promotes a level playing field where children can succeed regardless of where they come from, who their parents are or how much money they have. The same rules are given to all. In society more generally this is not the case – where you are born, who your parents are and how much money you have are the biggest things to determine how successful you can be.
Since the SCWC Rio 2014, Fairplay For All has reported that all the children are continuing at school and several have been offered university scholarships.
Meet Ronalyn of Team Philippines: http://roymondous.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/meet-ronalyn-of-team-philippines/
GMA Philippines: Countdown to SCWC continues for Philippines team 11.06.13
FIFA Futbol Mundial: Film on Team Philippines 14.04.13
Yahoo Sports: Filipino kids dream of Rio and the SCWC 26.06.13
InterakTV Philippines: Team Philippines to the Street Child World Cup 2014 17.01.13
Philippines Sun Star: Craig and his Street Child World Cup dream 18/11/12
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If you would like to support our continuing partnership with Team Philippines please contact Karin@streetchildunited.org
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