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Philippines NGO receives IOC grant

Date : 08 Apr 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 8, 2019: Four NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) inspiring inclusion, equality and resilience have received an IOC grant on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6. They include the Philippines-based FundLife International.

The projects that received the IOC Sport and Active Society (SAS) Commission development grants reflect the values celebrated by the IDSDP. The four chosen will each receive CHF 20,000.

This year, the four grants on offer were based on the themes of social inclusion of refugees through sport; promoting gender equality at all levels of sport; bringing sport and physical activity to the urban setting; and engaging youth and the elderly in physical activities.

Competition was stiff, with applications coming from organisations across the five continents, ranging from International Federations and professional sports clubs to civil society organisations and non-profits.

“In today’s world, more than ever, it is important to keep moving and be physically active in our communities,” said Sam Ramsamy, the Commission Chair and an IOC Honorary Member.

“We look forward to seeing how these development grants can help them pursue their missions, and inspire others who are making tremendous strides in increasing access to sport across the globe.”

*FundLife International was launched in the Philippines in 2014 in the wake of the Haiyan super typhoon, a disaster which displaced more than one million children across the country.

Over the past five years, FundLife’s life skills mentoring programme and its flagship initiative, Football for Life, have provided opportunities, psycho-social support and education for thousands of children from marginalised and displaced communities.

Last year, its annual futsal festival brought together nearly 600 young competitors from across the country and celebrated the launch of the Community Football Girls League to provide greater access to sport and education for girls growing up in at-risk neighbourhoods.

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