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National partner profile: Pakistan

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PDP Foundation uses football as a tool for development and social change. Football energizes children and youth to change their lives. The Foundation runs 16 sports-based projects, specifically football development programmes, in different regions of Pakistan.

Last year, they reached 2,000 underprivileged children. The Foundation targets those living in slums and below the poverty line, with a particular focus on boys living on the street and girls at risk of dropping out of school in urban and rural slums. With a focus on a child’s right to play, regular evening sessions provide participants with coaching and guidance.

PDP Foundation celebrates International Peace Day every year by organizing exhibition football matches and a peace walk in hopes of raising awareness of the importance of peace among young people and society in general.

They work with Peace One Day, Coaches Across Continents, and Street Football World to achieve their goals.

Mission statement

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PDP Foundation focuses on empowering the vulnerable in society through providing an enabling environment to play for peace and educate them to bring economic prosperity and justice in the society.

We shall create playing opportunities where none exist, use football as a tool for social change, and highlight the problem of homelessness in Pakistan.

Goals for the future

Women's Programmes

PDP Foundation strongly believes in women's empowerment and gender equality. They are seeking to empower women through football and education and are focused on creating more opportunities for women.

Social Inclusion

PDP Foundation celebrates International Peace Day every year, with a particular focus on getting youth involved.

Additional information

Partner since

2016

Football Activities

PDP Foundation runs regular evening training sessions, including daily practice sessions at 10 locations and a "Football IMT" (Introduction, Motivation, and Training) programme specifically for homeless and street children.

Non-football services

Beyond football, the Foundation works to encourage young people to continue their education, build life skills, maintain good health, and engage in peace-building activities.

Participants challenges

Participants face gender discrimination, poverty and illiteracy, and challenges associated with political and religious ideology. Muslim women in particular face barriers to entry in sports and exercise, facing challenges such as hijab bans, widespread poverty, and religious intolerance.

Organisation challenges

A lack of awareness about sports, funding challenges, and the barriers against women participating in sports are a few of the challenges faced by the Foundation.

Homlessness definition

Homelessness in Pakistan is considered to be the condition of people without homes; those living in slum dwellings are also considered homeless (PDP Foundation, 2016). The constitution of Pakistan includes a statement of general responsibility of the government for providing adequate housing and living conditions for all (UN OHCHR, 2014).

Homelessness Statistics

More than 200 million people live in Pakistan (CIA World Factbook, 2016); 4 in 10 live in “multidimensional poverty” (UNDP, 2016). The PDP Foundation estimates that there are 20 million people without housing across the country.

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