1 in 4 girls in the Philippines is born into intergenerational poverty. In Leyte and Samar, where FundLife has been working since 2014, this skyrockets to almost 1 in 2. Because of poverty, girls are often forced to give up their education and chance for a better life. FFLA Girls Win is changing this through a community-led, education programme through purposeful-play, to protect, educate and, empower girls (and boys) from marginalized communities through the universal power of football!
Despite a growing economy, the Philippines has the highest rate of poverty across the ASEAN. Almost 25 mIllion people live in intergenerational poverty. Just getting children into school does not ensure a quality education. Many schools do not have the resources to provide a quality education as students outnumber teachers by 150 to 1. Children need positive role models that not only encourage them to stay in school, but give them the tools, confidence and motivation and to escape poverty.
FFLA Girls Win is a holistic play and life-skills programme that provides girls with the opportunity to discover their own potential. By working in the least served public schools, FFLA will support teachers to invest in children through the inclusion of youth mentors and peer role models.
FFLA provides long term sustainable development by locally supporting marginalised and vulnerable girls commit to their education, follow their dreams and ultimately escape poverty. The model has been recognized for its effective approach, winning awards for both social impact and sporting innovation. F4LA 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.