THE Dignity for Children Foundation held its 14th Faisal Cup recently.
The Faisal Cup is a football tournament that brings together marginalised and refugee children to play football in a recognised competition.
It also serves as a safe platform for the children to continue pursuing their dreams while ensuring that no child has to die doing so.
Initiated in 2005, the Faisal Cup is held in remembrance of a little boy called Faisal who drowned while trying to retrieve his football.
Through the Faisal Cup, Dignity hopes to promote social inclusion and equality. Girls are encouraged to play.
From the initial three teams, Dignity now has 155 teams, out of which 50 are girls’ teams.
A total of 1,206 players from 41 learning centres registered for the tournament this year.
Dignity introduced the 11-a-side competition for the Under 16 boys this year with Team MEC lifting the inaugural trophy.
Dignity head of Education – Primary Programme Christina Chung Siew Lian and primary school teacher Zachary Lee were also present.
The year also saw Dignity expanding the Cup’s reach to Penang and Johor.
United States Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir attended the finals held at SMK Victoria Institution and presented the trophies to the winners.
For the past 20 years, Dignity has been providing education and care to underprivileged children.
Starting with a class of 20 in 1999, Dignity is currently educating more than 1,760 students.
About Faisal Cup: https://dignityforchildren.org/our-programs/faisalcup/