PDP Foundation uses football as a tool for development and social change.The Foundation runs 16 sports-based projects, specifically football development programmes, in different regions of Pakistan.
In 2015, 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.
More than 200 million people live in Pakistan (CIA, 2016); 35% of the population live under the poverty line (Daily Times, 2018). It is estimated that there are roughly 20 million people lacking adequate housing, with the majority living in slums and other forms of temporary housing (Al Arabiya, 2018).
Poverty is rampant in Pakistan, with 60% of the population, mostly women and children, struggling to find suitable nutrition (Borgen Project, 2018).