Some Things About Us
Footies For Smiles is a collection of different football equipment that can bring joy and smiles to children in the Philippines. It brings the opportunity to engage and activate the children hoping that they will stay away from the streets and trouble. Footies For Smiles works together with the head mistress at both the local elementary school and local high school.
The aim of the collection is providing football equipment to the village Kalombayan on the island of Negros Oriental. With the equipment and cooperation with local schools in the area, the children will be able to play football, which will bring joy and smiles into their lives. Footies For Smiles consists 100% of your volunteer work and no one is paid to help. Therefore, the donations go 100% to the project. It is important for Marie/Malou to emphasize that the volunteers have engaged with their heart in this project to help these children.
Bringing joy and smiles to children is the fundamental goal of Footies for smiles. This will be done by creating a football team in the local community for the local community. We will not only ensure the children have equipment but help with coaching as well to motivate the children and bring the coach new ideas. Right now there are 43 children and only 3 footballs, making it hard for the coach to give them the opportunity and practice they deserve. By setting up this project in an isolated area the aim is to ensure the children stay engaged in football and stay away from the streets and trouble,
The city Kalombayan has made a big impression on Malou. It is a place where children share a pair of football boots between them, so 2 can wear a boot, a place where 43 children are trained with only 3 footballs, but most importantly - a place where football generates a smile.
Kalombayan is a small isolated mountain village where the majority are poor. There is no mobile or internet coverage making it even more important to have activities for the children.
The goal is to bring smiles to the children through football.