The Sahara Club, based in Pokhara in the shadows of the Himalayas, runs an academy for 20 orphaned and disadvantaged former street children who live by selling the scrapings of garbage dumps to recycling factories. The aim is to protect these youngsters from a life of crime and poverty. 13-year-old Mahendra BK sees football as an escape "from collecting plastic bottles and wastes in the streets." The boys were originally picked because they showed an aptitude for football and they now train or play the game for four hours a day as well as receiving a good general education. Some may be talented enough for the Nepali national team but, if not, the Sahara Club aims to make sure that when they are old enough to leave the academy, they will be trained in a good career to carry them through life.