Faith & Football recently sent a supply of football boots to the Philippines for the Philippine Community Fund school football teams. The children have been playing in old trainers or in some cases bare feet! They love football and are really proud of their boots. 9 year old student Ben-Mar was asked what he thought about football and said, "We all have so much fun, football is a great sport and we all look forward to training days and try our hardest to succeed. I would like to play football everyday. We all work as a team and help each other to become better players."
The Philippine Community Fund is our mission partner based in the Philippines. They are working with the poorest Filipino communities to improve their quality of life through a range of education, nutrition health, medical and family enhancement programmes regardless of religion, race or political boundaries.
PCF runs three of its own schools for children who live in the poorest sqatters areas in their region. Two schools are located on dump sites, and the other is in a cemetery.
Children are selected from the poorest families and enrolled in to school and taught by teachers who are sensitive to all their needs, educational, emotional, physical and social.
Lessons are carefully planned to build self esteem and self worth, and the God centered curriculum enables children to understand that they are loved and valued.
There are out of school activities and a creative arts programme that are used as incentives to encourage children to regularly attend school and maintain high grades.
Some of the activities include football training and teams, ballet scholarships, bookclubs, choir, modern dance, camera clubs and fine arts and drawing.