Ivory Coast

Don’t Forget them Association

Don’t Forget Them Association use sport and especially football to reintegrate homeless or formerly homeless adults, street children, and youth; people displaced by war; prisoners; and other groups of people in difficult situations. Football is used to help them out of the streets, and also to improve lives of prisoners who might otherwise lose their focus and motivation.

Participants

Male and female street youth, homeless or formerly homeless people, people displaced by war, people in economic difficulty, and prisoners and ex-prisoners

Locations

Abidjan, Koumassi, Port-bouet, Marcory and Treichville, Abobo, and Yopougon

Homelessness Statistics

3,900

Number of people displaced in 2018 due to violence or natural disaster (Internal Displacement, 2019)

46%
Of the population live below the poverty line (World Bank, 2019)

Civil war has pushed the country into extreme poverty, and currently 46% of the population live below the poverty line (World Bank, 2019).

Much of the population lives in temporary structures, requiring constant repair. Walls are usually made from mud with a wooden frame, which often leads to structural collapse (Habitat, 2019).