Kyrgyzstan

Street Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic

SFF work with orphans, vulnerable children, and marginalised adults residing in illegal settlements. Many of their adult participants are migrants from rural areas who seek better life in Bishkek. SFF run three core activities: annual tournaments among orphanages, providing humanitarian help to orphanages, and preparing and selecting the Homeless World Cup national team.

Organisation Details

Participants

Youth from illegal settlements and orphans; women and men who are migrants from rural areas and live in women’s shelters and/or in informal settlements around Bishkek

Locations

Bishkek, Osh, and some rural areas

Homelessness Statistics

70%
Of people in Kyrgyzstan live in substandard housing or are homeless (Habitat)

3,500

People living on the streets of Bishkek alone (IWPR, 2016)

15

Homeless people died in January 2018 when temperatures dropped to -30C (Eurasianet, 2018)

Although the economy has stabilised somewhat since the 90s, Kyrgyzstan is still affected by the fall of the Soviet Union, with fewer social benefits and housing resources (Borgen Project, 2017; Habitat). Access to amenities like sewage systems, water, electricity and health care is severely lacking, particularly for those living in poverty and rural communities (Habitat).

Support for vulnerable people is almost non-existent; in the capital Bishkek there is only one year-round shelter with a 70-person capacity (IWPR, 2016). Systemic corruption means that some may have to pay officials to receive benefits (RFERL, 2019).