'Every Child Needs a Champion'

by FundLife International


Children living in extreme poverty don't believe they can escape this fate. Football for Life (F4L) is a play-based intervention inspiring children in the Philippines to break free from the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Using locally trained youth as champion role models, F4L positively impacts over 500 children each week, delivering vital play and education sessions and restoring childhood to those children who need it most.
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In the Philippines the poorest children do not have access to the necessary tools for breaking out of poverty. Simply getting children into school does not ensure a quality education. Many schools in the Philippines do not have the resources to solve the chronic problems of inadequate materials, over crowding, the danger of social vices, community dysfunction and a lack of positive role models - this is where F4L comes in.


F4L is an holistic education and life skills programme that provides children with the opportunity to discover their own potential - rather than relying on help from others. Through regular football and education sessions F4L empowers children to emulate their champions and follow their own dreams through hard work and commitment. F4L's youth mentors run regular community sessions and act as positive and supportive influences for the children in football, in education and in their wider lives.

Long-Term Impact

F4L provides long term sustainable development by locally supporting marginalised and vulnerable children commit to their education, follow their dreams and ultimately escape poverty. The model has been recognised for its effective approach, winning awards for both social impact and sporting innovation. F4L is entirely locally owned and is easily replicated in any community. With your support we can continue this vital work for children in the Philippines and beyond.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Introduction to F4L

Organization Information

FundLife International

Location: Tacloban - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​www.fundlife.org/​
Project Leader:
Marko Kasic
Tacloban, Philippines

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