India

Slum Soccer Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur

Slum Soccer Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur aim to reach underprivileged people using football as a tool for social empowerment. They operate all over India, and engage several hundred children and young adults every day.
Slum Soccer India promote development through the medium of football on a daily basis. Providing socially neglected people with a chance to play football not only enhances their fitness, but also encourages skills and values like team-building, self-esteem, friendship, self-confidence, and creativity. Organized sessions with trained coaches are conducted on a regular basis, reaching as many as 700 children every day.

Organisation Details

Participants

Children and young men and women living in slums, including those squatting on government land, those displaced because of natural disasters, and children of sex workers

Locations

Nationwide

Homelessness Statistics

1,800,000

Number of homeless people in India (IGH, 2018)

52%
Of homeless people based in urban areas (Habitat, 2019)

73,000,000

Number of families lacking access to decent shelter (Habitat, 2019)

India is the second most populous nation in the world, with more than 1.2 billion people (UN Habitat, 2019). Its rapidly rising population is adding to the existing problems of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment (NPTEL, 2013). It is estimated that by 2030, 60 million people will be living in Indian cities, meaning there will have to be one Chicago built every year to house them (UN Habitat, 2019).

Some argue that the state employs oppressive laws to criminalise homeless people. It was only in 2018 that the 1959 ‘Beggary Law’, which can jail homeless people for 10 years, was struck down in New Delhi. However, the law is still upheld in many other Indian states (Reuters, 2018).