Homeless World Cup ©
Description: Football to fight poverty! The Homeless World Cup Organization uses football to inspire marginalized groups. They encourage them to change their lives and unite with others. The group works with 70 nations by supporting and guiding their local network. Each year, they hold a Homeless World Cup to celebrate the work of local organizations. Furthermore, the competition gives players an opportunity to meet and build bonds with others from different countries. Up to date, more than 200,000 peoples lives have been improved by the organization.
How it began: It all began with 2 men searching for an international language to fight poverty. The two men: Mel Young and Harald Schmied found football as the answer. In 2003, they hosted the first Homeless World Cup in Graz, Austria.
Its Success: The organization has helped 73% of its participants change their lives. The players get off drugs and alcohol, remerge into society, and reunite with their families.
How it further helps: Along with the World Cup, the organization provides other types of help. Its National Partners gives access to advice concerning education, health, legal, or employment.
Latest Information: The 2013 Homeless World Cup will be hosted in Ponzan Poland. It will last from 10-18 August 2013.
If you are interested and want to know more, visit: http://www.homelessworldcup.org/