The SipaG Academy is a youth development centre that will be built within a 6 hectare forested area in Laguna (1.5 hours outside of Manila). The Academy will serve as a manufacturing and headquarters for GK's social enterprise PÁG-ON, as well as have a dormitory and training centre for developing outstanding youth leaders of the SipaG program. The Academy will also serve as a centre for sports and eco tourism where a camping resort will be built next to the facility. Football activities and events can also be hosted in the facility.
In 2013, super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines, affecting around 5.9 million children and resulting in over 6,000 casualties.
Developed in partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the AFC Village is the SipaG program's response to providing sustainable shelter to affected families as well as a positive activity for their children through football.
The village has over 200 homes built around a mini-football pitch that hosts free play and courses that train the local community coaches on how to deliver social impact programs through football.
SipaG-ASA is our program for addressing peace, conflict, and other social issues prevalent in conflict areas on the island region of Mindanao. We use football as a tool to bridge understanding between the children and parents of rival groups in the region, as well as provide opportunities for girls to play and develop through sports.
GK Field of Dreams
The GK Field of Dreams is a project initiated in GK Paradise Heights where Gawad Kalinga together with JCI Manila developed a sports centre out from a garbage dumpsite. The centre has a football and baseball field that runs sports programs for the less fortunate youth in the area, many of whom are scavengers who were either drug users, gang members or out of school youth. The Field of Dreams also has a livelihood program where mothers of the players make bags and giveaways out of recycled materials.