Forming the Youth Through Football (Part 3)
Another non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to using sport and the power of play to inspire, empower and transform the lives of children affected by extreme poverty, natural disasters and armed conflict is the Football For Humanity (FFH) led by founder Chris Thomas, a British national. FFH initiatives include building football infrastructures such as its existing unique small-sided, five-a-side enclosed spaces. It also establishes football development programs, conducts one-off football trainings and events, donates old and new football equipment, assists talented but underprivileged youth to seek scholarships, and other charitable initiatives that may be implemented by its partners who are themselves NGOs engaged in social development programs all over the country. Like the THVMF, FFH tries to partner always with other foundations involved in community building. For example, FFH launched what it calls Play for Goals, an expanded community development program which, in addition to the building of a community small-sided pitch, also provides library and a clean water facility that addressed the educational health and well-being needs of the community. For this project, FFH partnered with Library Renewal Partners and Waves for Water in bringing these facilities to marginalized communities all over the Philippines, starting with Zonta Village in Barangay Tibungco, Davao City.