#StandWithGirls in the Philippines!

by FundLife International
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Dear Friends,

I am writing to share an update report showing all the developments we have done so far.

As you know the pandemic made it difficult for us to do our regular practices, therefore we had to adapt and created an COVID-19 response for our Girls Got This project.

Girls Got This has established a Mentorship Champions Network. This brings together local and global mentors who believe in the GGT mission, to be role models for the girls and to raise awareness of the project in the Philippines and abroad.

A core activity of the network has been the highly successful global ‘stand with girls’ campaign, in which high-profile athletes, media influencers and business leaders from all over the world are raising awareness of the problems faced by girls in the Philippines, especially now during the lockdown. The network now features more than 70 'girl champions' role models to help girls. The reach of the network exceeds 8 million people across social media platforms.

FundLife has set-up another GlobalGiving campaign to raise money for emergency survival packs for families who have no safety net against the loss of work and income. Here, the #StandWithGirls project made sure that there was a special focus on girls, women and young mothers. We have distributed more than 475 special hygiene kits for girls, women and young mothers and delivered over 21,500 foodpacks to different districts in Cebu. Our coaches also supported a community-led soup kitchen for more than 200 children in AFC Village Palo, Leyte

We have also created a special ‘Coronavirus Prevention Individual Session Plan’ to share safety measures for COVID-19 and explain why social distancing is so important. In the session plan we focused on home-based exercises, proper hand-washing technique and challenges for children to practise: all to boost their welfare and help minimise the negative impact of COVID-19. 

Girls Got This Champions and our own Girls Got This coaches have created additional videos for girls to follow to stay healthy and entertained during lockdown, which we share on all our social media platforms and groups. These videos feature a small warm-up program, technical exercises and challenges for the girls - along with suggestions for house-friendly alternatives to footballs. Maintaining communication networks to keep children in contact (virtually) with one another and with role models. 

Thank you for all your support, which is what makes our work possible. 

For more information, follow our Girls Got This on Facebook or Instagram!

Please stay safe during these difficult days for us all.

Best wishes,

Melissa Karadana

Girls Got This Champions
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It has been a busy few months! We leave full details below and look forward to some very exciting developments over the coming few weeks!


Here are the last three months in review! 


December just like last year, the Philippines took a hit from two strong typhoons. But, the weather may have gone
cold but the fire in the hearts of the people who continuously support FundLife to provide equal opportunity for
children continued to burn.

In Cebu, with the efforts of Football for Life Academy coaches and support of Guiseppe Football Club, SK Federation
of Cebu City, Gerry’s Grill, Odysseus Rings, Suarez’ Arts, Leylam and Ponce Birthing Clinic the 2nd Capitol Cup was
successfully held at Green Valley Subdivision Capitol Site Cebu City. The event allowed 158 youth from 18 football
community teams all over Cebu to experience competitive and fun football games with the emphasis of fair play and





In the southern part of the Philippines, another big celebration was successfully held as we partnered with Gawad
Kalinga to host the 2019 Sama-Sama Games (SSG) – an annual football event at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
More than 100 youth competed in various categories as part of the event’s promotion on equality and opportunity for
all children especially those who are from disadvantaged communities.


Congratulations to all the winners, and participants and a huge thank you to Gawad Kalinga, its staff and local
partners — MFC and Malaybalay City Sports Development Office for making this event possible.
As 2019 ends the organization takes pride in the success of the children and youth within the program for winning
various school-based sports competitions, achieving academic awards and recognition for embodying sportsmanship,
respect, and self-discipline.


Children celebrate at The FFLA-Cebu Capitol Cup 2019

Such achievements of children within the program does not only proves the effectiveness of the efforts that the local
and foreign volunteer coaches are extending in coaching and educating children not just in sports but also the
essential skills that they need to survive and succeed in their lives as a complement to their formal education.
It’s a wrap!



2019 ended with the achievements of our children and this 2020, FundLife, welcomes the new year with pride as the
Department of Education Tacloban division recognizes the organization as one of its “Outstanding partners” towards
the delivery of effective experiential learning for children and youth. - http://bit.ly/3c2ScYu



The award also recognizes FundLife’s efforts in supporting public school teachers towards effective teaching through
its organized training and workshops centred on the proper use of physical activities and play in engaging with

Let’s take another prideful shout for the organization as one of its front liners, coach John Paul Masubay brought
home the “Future GA F4D Coach Award” from Doha, Qatar.

Save the best for last!

FundLife formally announced this month the Generation Amazing Community Center Project which will be made
possible with the support from Generation Amazing. http://bit.ly/2I2TOUd
The GACC -The first integrated learning centre for children from displaced communities in Tacloban North is an
initiative led by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.




With the support of the Arsenal in the community coaches and German volunteer, Malte Helms children continue to
enjoy their time learning while playing though not in the field but inside their classrooms.
With Cebu nothing, much was changes despite the fear of NCoV. The local coaches in Cebu continued the after
school sessions with the girls in SMS and with children from Banilad and Capitol.
Now that the suspension of the off-campus activities had already been lifted children are again happy to be out in
the field and participate in the football training sessions with their coaches and mentors.

fundlifeinternational's Media: We successfully held the Coppa Leyteño last Saturday, February 8, for the Girls and Boys Division. Unfortunately, we weren't able to hold the games for Kids Division due to intermittent weather, but it will be rescheduled this Feb. 15 at Sampaguita Gym.

Nevertheless, congratulations to all the winners, teams and participants who took part in the event. Thank you to all the staff, coaches, and volunteers who made this tournament possible.  Let's continue to PLAY-BELIEVE-ACHIEVE! #FFLA  #FundLife #footballforlife #footballfestival

Children gather for the Coppa Leyteno on Feb 8th in Tacloban 

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Girls playing in the GCL Tacloban
Girls playing in the GCL Tacloban

That's almost a wrap for November - probably our busiest month of the year with action-packed activities for coaches, players, teachers and the team!

We kicked-off with welcoming 10 new work-immersion students to FundLife HQ, who spent 2 weeks assisting staff with current priorities as well as conducting some primary research amongst their peers related to the SDGs. The immersion is part of our ongoing engagement with Leyte National High School, preparing near graduates for the workplace and offering them a glimpse of how NGOs work. 
November 8th marked the 6th anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan. It was a day for remembering. We commemorated the day through the staging of the  Haiyan Cup, which saw 112 children take part in a specially organised event. One of the players who took part was Sandara, a long-standing FFLA and GCL player. Check out her video below where she shares her thoughts on how football helped after the typhoon and what it was like to meet Japan International, Shinji Kagawa.
The Girls Community League continues to gain momentum and November saw the introduction of GCL Ambassadors and new GCL partners joining the 'Get the Chain, Let Her Play' movement to campaign for equitable access to play, education and opportunity for all girls. 
Fittingly, November 20th marked Universal Children's Day with special activities across our partner schools, including some great photo taking by RTR players. 
As we close November and thoughts turn toward festive holidays, we are not slowing done! We're finishing the year strongly with several more exciting fixtures coming up, including the 2nd Capitol Cup, the 8th Annual Sama-Sama Games as well as FFLA school graduation ceremonies! 
Bring on December,
FL Team!
Stakeholder Officer, Fritz speaks to students
Stakeholder Officer, Fritz speaks to students
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Dear friends,

A little later than usual, here is a round-up of the exciting happenings at FL HQ last June and July...

We kick things off with big news!  We are teaming up with Toby’s Sports, the country's leading sports retailer, to give consumers the chance to support the Girls Community League (GCL). 

The ‘Get the Chain, Let them Play’ campaign includes the availability of special UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Keychains across 15 of their stores, including their flagship store in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

The announcement is an important step as we continue to seek sustainable ways to provide even more girls with access to equitable participation in sports and education. For more information on how you can become a champion for the ‘Get the Chain, Let them Play’ campaign, click here.

On the subject of the Girls League, July saw the inaugural season of Cebu GCL culminated as Labogon FC was crowned champions.  During the course of six months that the league was active, 240 adolescent girls aged 15-18 played over 160 futsal matches and benefited from 75 hours of developmental support from young coaches.

We see every day the impact that these purposeful play and education sessions have on girls and boys. Last month, GCL Tacloban player, Nikki, shared ‘why she plays and what she aspires to be once she graduates school.

In June, we teamed up up with Gawad Kalinga’s SipagG, to start our ‘Play for Peace’ initiative in Northern Mindanao, which will support communities through on-going support to children affected by conflict. We are excited about the collaboration and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.
Meanwhile, in Tacloban, the city’s first Arsenal Soccer Clinic took place, attracting new children to take up the sport while interacting with parents about the benefits purposeful play has on children. Arigato Al and Oscar!

And all these small steps add up. Just ask Coach JP, who, with a spectacular assist from our friends at SSH, was given the opportunity to travel from Tacloban to Chicago and enjoy the CONCACAF Gold Cup final alongside FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. You can the detailed story of JP's journey here.

The month also saw a new teammate join us as the SOL Foundation committed to supporting our work in Tacloban and Cebu. We are looking forward to working with their committed team over the coming months.

As we look ahead to GCL Season #2, we are encouraged that our team gets stronger, our dreams start to become less audacious and our calls for equal global opportunity, less unreasonable. 

In full colour,
FL Team


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Dear Friends,

Here is a quick update on what your contributes has allowed us to achieve; 


March kicked off with the origins of our work shared to a global audience on FIFA.Com (check it out if you haven’t do so), our players on the ground were busy preparing for International Women’s Day.

The globally celebrated date of March 8th presented an opportunity to showcase the continued efforts by everyone at FundLife to ensure the universal aspirations for gender equality are being manifested into concrete actions in the communities serve.
With support from our global change partner, Coaches Across Continents, and supporting IWF’s message of #BalanceForBetter, FundLife worked with public school teachers, community social workers and FFLA players to deliver play-based workshops and awareness building.
The IWD activities complimented our 4th Match-day of the Girls Community League for the UN Global Goals, our dedicated female empowerment programme that aims protect, educate and empower 21,000 girls by 2021 – an ambitious target that you can help us reach – More on this later!

March also bought great news with FundLife signing an MOA with the Australian embassy in Manila, to extend the GCL to reach an additional 300 girls in Cebu. The project will work with girls from communities that have some of highest risk human trafficking and poverty rates  in the province We’re proud and excited to begin this new chapter with a committed supporter on board helping us champion protection and education for all girls.

April began with FundLife delivering a ‘Play for Peace’ Capacity Building seminar for teachers and youth leaders. Led by FFLA’s Senior Coach, Rhobs, the seminar introduced the concept of Football 3 to educators and delivered key techniques for the use of sport for social impact, bothin schools and in communities.

The seminar coincided with the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). The day marked a double celebration as it was announced FundLife was awarded the 2019 Sport and Active Society Commission development grant, a global initiative led by the International Olympic Committee.  The grant will allow FundLife to launch crucial interventions in Northern and Central Mindanao, supporting children affected by the Marwari conflict and those from vulnerable communities in Iligan, Butuan, Malaybalay City as well as the wider Bukidnon region. 

April also saw the culmination of the first leg of the GCL, crowing our first Tacloban champions and paving the way for the GCL Summer League, which will commence next month – providing structured play for students during the summer months.

We can't wait to share updates on May and June during our next report!! 

In meantime, don't forget to check out and follow our facebook pages for Girls Community LeagueFootball for Life and FundLife.

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