Muntinlupa City, Philippines. Two weeks prior to the 2022 national elections, in late April, 2022, Football
for Humanity Foundation gathered forty coaches from all over the Philippines in Davao City, for the field
training of its Stop the Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (StopOSAEC) project, under the
supervision ofsport for development education partner Coaches Across Continents. The field training was
implemented following online coach training sessions focused on using sport to create effective
community interventions especially for vulnerable children.

StopOSAEC is a Football for Humanity project that aims to eradicate the crime of online sexual
exploitation of children which, according to a report published by the Anti-Money Laundering Council of
the Philippines in August 2020, had grown exponentially following the Covid lockdowns that brought
even greater economic hardships for many disadvantaged communities. The Philippines was cited by
UNICEF as the “global epicentre of live-stream sexual abuse trade of children”

According to FFH founder Chris Thomas, “Football is a powerful teacher of children’s rights and a platform
for their voices to be heard and valued. Online sexual abuse is modern slavery and has no place in
humanity. This is where FFH steps in with its proactive and preventive strategy to educate, equip and
enable children, as well as their families, with robust tools to stand against this horrific crime.”
The FFH family is composed of volunteer coaches from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Working with
visiting coaches Charlie Crawford from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Patti Caceres from Tacloban, Leyte, the
group validated a unique set of games and lectures that emphasize child protection, children’s rights,
teamwork, respect, discipline and environmental awareness. This curriculum will be implemented in over
20 communities assessed as being high risk from online child sexual exploitation.

“After months of online learning, it was a privilege and honour to work with the FFH coaches on the
ground in Davao. The passion they demonstrated Online and On Field was palpable. More than that, the
momentum that they will carry back to their home communities throughout the Philippines is one of the
strongest possible indicators of upcoming change. Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation won’t disappear

overnight. But with the skills these coaches have developed and implemented, we are confident that the
day when it has will come sooner,” Coach Crawford added, in a text message to FFH co-founder Belle

Ms Tiongco informed that the program will require approval by “barangay” leaders or LGU officers before
a coach can engage the children, most of whom are in the 5-17 age bracket. In addition, FFH, with inputs
from its partners, will make use of storytelling techniques to promote internet safety among children and
their families. “I created a story – “Sikat na si Maimai”, which dramatizes the good, as well as the bad
side of social media. Social media has become a channel for child pornography and we believe a realistic
and cautious relationship with the internet and social media will prevent the victimization of innocent
children,” Ms. Tiongco added.

With 22 targeted communities averaging 50 children per community, FFH hopes to impact approximately
1,100 children in the pilot run. Now on its second month of implementation, over 20 communities have
been successfully activated. Secondary beneficiaries are parents and community leaders who are likewise
marginalized and who continue to struggle under debilitating economic conditions.
The project was made possible with funding from the Australian government through the Direct Aid
Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. Other partners include the Department of
Justice/Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), SMART/PLDT, and PAGEONE/Advocacy Partners
Asia Inc.

Football for Humanity is a charity registered in the Philippines and the UK. The charity uses the power of
play to educate, empower and protect children facing the threat of violence, exploitation and extreme

se the power of play to educate, empower and protect vulnerable children facing the threat of abuse,
exploitation and trafficking.

Coach Bombet Avenido of Butuan pledges to “STOP” OSAEC.
COACH John Rey Obligado of Calamba, Misamis Occ. knows the power of football can destroy OSAEC.

FFH Coaches use fun drills to teach children the power, and the rights, of every child.