These girls grew up surrounded by challenges and the lack of opportunities. Today, they are members of the Philippine team competing at the Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Cup pits over 200 youngsters from 19 countries around the world as the premier football tournament for underprivileged youth. While the boys squad fell short to Pakistan in the quarters, the girls team is gearing up for the finals against host country Brazil, which takes place Sunday, April 6 at 11 pm PH time. “Each of them have their own story. It’s a very mixed group, and that’s great because it represents the different kind of street children and child laborers in the country,” Roy Moore, coach of Team Philippines, tells Rappler.
Read more about these young talented Filipino on Rappler.