Costa Rica

Asociacion Escuchando Gente Sin Hogar

Asociación Escuchando Gente Sin Hogar is a non-profit organisation, established in 2008. It helps change lives of people recovering from substance abuse, homeless people, including immigrants, and street paper vendors, through football.

Their national ambassadors are Costa Rican football legends Róger Flores and Hernán Medford, who sometimes help with training sessions.

Organisation Details

Participants

People recovering from substance abuse, homeless people, including homeless immigrants

Location

San José, San Francisco Dos Ríos

Homelessness Statistics

Currently 1.1 million people live in poverty in Costa Rica. The majority of the poor population is situated in rural areas. A large cause for concern is the fact that the poverty rate hasn’t been reduced for the past two decades (Borgen Project, 2017).

Despite the fact 20 percent of the population live below the poverty line (World Bank, 2017), Costa Rica has the lowest poverty rate in Central America.