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There are many reasons why football is called “the beautiful game”.  Some say that this is because the fluid, fast-paced movements make football look like an elaborate dance.  Others say it is because of the game’s simplicity—the rules are straightforward and it needs only a ball and some space to be played.

But not many people realize that football has acquired for itself a different kind of beauty—the kind that comes with changing people’s lives for the better. There is a growing global movement of organizations that help street children build brighter futures through football.  Worldwide organizations like the One World Football Project and events like the Street Child World Cup are teaching street children important life skills and values through the beautiful game.

In the Philippines, organizations like FutKal (Futbol sa Kalye!) are putting a Pinoy spin on this worldwide movement.  Inspired by the barefoot football players that played on the streets of Tondo during the 60’s, FutKal brings football to the Tondo kids of today.  FutKal’s mission is to positively affect these children and to help them realize that the future can always be better.  And the positive impact football has on the lives of these kids is evident: all their “Futkaleros” are in school, some play football for the country’s most prestigious universities, and many are keeping the tradition alive by teaching younger street children.  FutKal is also working to help in the rehabilitation of schoolchildren affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

 

In the Philippines, organizations like FutKal (Futbol sa Kalye!) are putting a Pinoy spin on this worldwide movement.  Inspired by the barefoot football players that played on the streets of Tondo during the 60’s, FutKal brings football to the Tondo kids of today.  FutKal’s mission is to positively affect these children and to help them realize that the future can always be better.  And the positive impact football has on the lives of these kids is evident: all their “Futkaleros” are in school, some play football for the country’s most prestigious universities, and many are keeping the tradition alive by teaching younger street children.  FutKal is also working to help in the rehabilitation of schoolchildren affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

What we see here is football beyond the droves of fans in million seat-stadiums. The World Cup has shown us that football has the power to bring people together and bring them together in joy and pure entertainment. Organizations like FutKal show us football’s power to change children’s lives, the power to heal trauma and plant positivity into a child’s life. It’s a smaller, quieter power, but its significance cannot be ignored.

To learn more or to get involved with FutKal, visit their Facebook Page here

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