Sports Management Bulgaria
Sports Management Bulgaria run the Team of Hope project. They have been a Homeless World Cup Partner since August 2011.
More than 100 men and women with an average age of 22 join the project every year. They train twice a week under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. The participants come from the three largest Bulgarian cities – Sofia, Plovdiv, and Varna.
A large group of their participants are Refugees from Africa (particularly Mali and Eritrea) who suffer discrimination and social exclusion. One of the aims of the Team of Hope projects is to provide social integration through football.
The population living below the poverty line is currently 23.4% (CIA World Factbook, 2019).
Currently 12.9% of people suffer from severe housing deprivation (FEANTSA, 2019).
As of 2013, the number of people registered in temporary accommodation facilities stood at 1,370. The real number is likely much higher since this only accounts for people with government-issued IDs who have signed up in those facilities. The most vulnerable people at risk of homelessness are refugees, the Roma minority, elderly, and young people out of foster homes. (Borgen Project, 2019).
More than 40 per cent of Bulgarians are at risk of poverty and social exclusion (Irish Times, 2018). Bulgaria is also the EU’s most corrupt nation according to the Transparency International Index, with a world rank of 77th place.