Our mission is to level the playing field. This means creating a safe environment for the children and families we work to develop holistic, innovative, and sustainable projects in education, sports, and nutrition.
Our vision: a level playing field that allows children and families a better chance to succeed in life and break the cycle of poverty for good. This is an empowered community that cares for each other and strives to learn and develop.
- We are lifelong learners
- We innovate and improve what’s around us
- We show we care
Fairplay began in 2011 through the passion of Roy Moore and Naomi Tomlinson, both British nationals. Both had previous voluntary experience with groups in Payatas, where they were touched by the hard-work, creativity, and welcoming nature of the people they worked with.
In the beginning, Payatas Football Club was the first project to be formed. Roy began coaching the kids each weekend. Naomi was focused on building an earlier fundraising side in the UK. Fairplay then began facilitating a drop-in center in Payatas on a shoestring budget.
In 2013, Fairplay acquired and renovated a new building. This larger drop-in center allowed more kids to join extra-curricular classes and began formal developments in the education program.
In 2017, a larger building was secured to fulfill the greater demand from the community. The drop-in center (now the Fairplay Youth Center) was registered under the Alterantive Learning System and became the Fairplay School, meaning our students could gain qualifications and advance through the education system with us full-time. The previous drop-in center space, meanwhile, became the Fariplay Café. Local mothers cook healthy and delicious meals for school lunch and dinner for our scholars, creating better employment opportunities for the mothers we work with.
In the same year, The Payatas Sports Center was completed and became home for the Payatas Football Club. Older players undergo coaching courses and receive an allowance for coaching, reducing and eventually stopping the need for them to work as scavengers.
Today, we have 50 Fairplay Scholars and will be increasing the number to 100 over the next two years. Upgrades in the Payatas Sports Center will also allow us to better host events, such as leagues, tournaments, and open sessions. Meanwhile, the Fairplay Cafe has made steps to open to those outside of Payatas on the weekends for all-you-can-eat buffets. Through these measures, we target 50% self-sufficiency within the next two years.
Our Partners & Sponsors
Our programs are supported by various funders. We are grateful to these private individuals, organizations, and corporations who believe in Fairplay and make our work possible by sharing their expertise, time, and generous support.