Reaching out to children
Fundlife was founded by Marko Kasik in 2014. Having witnessed how Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013, he decided to launch the NGO to help local children using the restorative and collaborative nature of the beautiful game.
Since then, the organisation has reached over 20,000 children across the Leyte region and has delivered over 30,000 hours of sport coaching and education. It has provided youth from Tacloban with overseas trips and sessions. Most notably, eight youngsters headed out to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and played football in Moscow’s Red Square.
By the end of 2018, a total of 4,546 children aged 7-19 were engaged in FFLA Programs. Among them, 3,238 were male and 1,308 were female. They participated in after-school football sessions and classroom sessions.
“We want to use football as a pathway for children to reach their full potential in education and in life,” Kasik told FIFA.com. “Part of this includes the launch the Girls Community league to help girls and work alongside the UN agencies to deliver the UN Global Goals, and help all girls reach their full potential.”
Fundlifeis one of a number of organisations supported by theFIFA Foundation’s Community Programme.