Philippines

Street Soccer Philippines

Street Soccer Philippines is an affiliate of The Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation, a Christian organisation that works to help poor communities. Street Soccer Philippines are in charge of organising the Philippines’ national homeless team. They want to use the power of sport to contribute to improved education, housing, financial stability, employability, and social and cultural capital of their participants.

Organisation Details

Participants

Abandoned and abused children, survivors of typhoon, and people from poor and illegal settlements

Locations

Tacloban, Boracay, and Quezon

Homelessness Statistics

3,988,000

People displaced from their homes due to natural disasters and violence in 2018 (Internal Displacement, 2018)

4,500,000

Number of homeless Filipinos (Reuters, 2018)

3,000,000

Number of homeless people in Manila alone, possibly the most in any city in the world (Reuters, 2018)

The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in South East Asia (New Statestman, 2014). Besides poverty, overpopulation, and damaging effects of rapid urbanisation, a major issue is regular natural disasters. According to Internal Displacement,  earthquakes, flooding, storms and violence have driven millions away from their homes in 2018 alone.

The effects of accelerated urbanisation can already be felt in cities across the country, with growing slums, outdated infrastructure, poverty, and the health problems associated with these issues (UN Habitat).