AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) hosted a sendoff last March 26 at The Camp in Taguig for the members of Team Philippines who will represent the country at the Street Child World Cup 2014. ANI strongly believes the future lies in our children and is proud to support these kids’ dream to be somebody. Life for these kids has not been a bed of roses but they have triumphed against the odds by learning to play football. One was born in a cemetery; some are orphans while others have spent part of their childhood scavenging trash in junkyards. These kids are now off to Rio for the Street Child World Cup 2014 with the first kick off scheduled on March 30.
The Street Child World Cup is a tournament featuring former street kids to display their football skills. This is no ordinary football -- it will feature street children from five continents to bring focus to the plight of millions of street children around the world. Their aim is "to inspire a change in public perception so that street children are given the protection and opportunities that all children deserve".
The participating nations are:
BOYS: Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, and USA
GIRLS: Brazil, El Salvador, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Philippines, South Africa, UK, USA, Zimbabwe
The Philippines boys’ squad is made up of Stephen (Mango), Aldrin (Gawad Kalinga), Kenneth (Gawad Kalinga), Mackie (Gawad Kalinga),Tyrone (Gawad Kalinga), Ronald (FC Leveriza), Mark Joseph (FC Leveriza), Benjamin (FC Leveriza) and Raven (Haven for Children). The members of the Philippines girls’ team are Crystal (Mango),Ronalyn (Payatas FC), Angelica (Payatas FC), April Joy (Payatas FC), Yanzie (Gawad Kalinga), Agot (SOS Village Davao), Joy (SOS Village Davao), Mayleene (SOS Village Davao) and Juvie Lyn (Josie’s Angels).
Head Coach Roy Moore of Fairplay for all Foundation says it is going to be a tough competition but he is optimistic that the Philippines squad will be a strong contender in the tournament.
Larry Lacson, ANI’s VP and Head for Corporate Affairs, believes that win or lose, these kids are showing the world they are somebody.