Romania

Clubul Sportiv Fotbal De Strada Metanoia

Clubul Sportiv Fotbal De Strada Metanoia (Metanoia Street Football Sports Club) use sports, particularly football, to enable street children, those suffering from substance abuse, and other marginalised people to gain the benefits that sports can bring – such as becoming part of a team, increased self-confidence, and learning how to interact with others.
To be a good football player and team member, self-control and discipline are essential, and Fotbal De Strada believe that by developing these qualities on the pitch, players can also make progress in other areas of their lives.

Organisation Details

Participants

Street children and youth, disadvantaged people, and those suffering from substance abuse

Locations

Timisoara and other locations in the west of Romania

Homelessness Facts

25.4%
rate of poverty (one of the highest in Europe)

There is no national homelessness data collection strategy in Romania. In Bucharest alone, there were approximately 5,000 homeless people, including 1,000 children (Deutsche Welle, 2013).

Bucharest has expansive underground sewers, which provides shelter to many homeless people, including a large number of people suffering from substance abuse (Channel 4, 2014). Most are young people who escaped from orphanages and have found shelter underground (Deutsche Welle, 2014).

Romania has one of the highest rates of poverty in Europe at 25.4% (EOH, 2016). It also faces severe housing deprivation at 21.5%, against the EU average of 5.1% (FEANTSA, 2017).