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David Beckham plays soccer with kids in the Philippines

December 2, 2011

David Beckham, one of the most iconic soccer players in the world, recently took time out from the sport to travel to the Philippines as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). He traveled to Manila to spend time at a UNICEF-supported center that hosts 130 children who used to live on the streets.

UNICEF reports that there are an estimated 250,000 children living and working on the streets all over the country, and the charity organization is working to get these kids into more supportive living environments, whether back with their families or into temporary centers like the one Beckham visited last week.

"Whilst many of these children have been through tough experiences in their young lives, like any child they still have hopes and dreams," Beckham said. "The staff here has a huge responsibility and they are doing an amazing job giving these children the love, guidance and care they've been missing."

People can use international phone cards to make calls to the Philippines to discuss the nationwide problem with their loved ones and find out how they can help. 

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