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.
Of the urban population in Kyrgyzstan, 20 to 30% live in illegal settlements. Lacking tenure security and city residency permits (“propiska”), poor and non-registered residents struggle to survive without adequate access to education, health care, electricity, and running water, and are treated with contempt by state officials and middle-class urban residents (Open Society, 2012).