The Indian team from Slumsoccer-KVS would be representing India at the Homeless World Cup Mexico 2012 tournament which would take place at the Plaza de la Constitution, Zócalo, from 6-14 October, 2012. A record of 68 teams have entered this year’s homeless world cup tournament.

Since 2003 the annual competition has been hosted by cities across the world as homeless players unite to celebrate improving their lives forever and spreading global awareness about the issue of homelessness.

There would be a separate tournament for the women’s for which till date 14 nations have registered till date. India been 30th place in Paris took the community cup and made the country proud. This time we are looking for position which would be in twenties as the team is putting lot of efforts to make a stronger impression. The women’s team in Paris was at 13th position proving to be one of the best teams.

The girls who participated in the Women’s National Slum Soccer Championship held at Nagpur recently and selected to represent the Indian contingent, are currently in full preparation for the world cup in Mexico. Thenmozhi, Shilpa, Shankari, Pavitra, Mahadevi, Rukmini, Nikita and Divyaganga are all youngsters who have tried to not let their backgrounds get the better of them. Most of their mothers are daily laborers and some of their fathers are violent alcoholics and almost all have had an oppressed childhood. And yet, the girls have no fear of going head to head with their counterparts from other parts the world. More importantly, they are able to assess themselves objectively. “My coordination and stamina have improved with training and being selected to represent India has given my confidence a boost!” chirps Thenmozhi. She playfully groans about the rigours of training; calling it a lot of hard work!! But she realizes that thanks to the opportunity provided by Slum Soccer, she has a future where she can help more girls from similar backgrounds to break the shackles of poverty and see their hopes culminate into reality. She feels training for football is a stepping stone to a better future, with all its concurrent benefits.

A lot has been done for women’s empowerment and gender equality since Slum Soccer took up the initiative to include a women’s team to participate in the Homeless World Cup a few years ago. But Slum Soccer endeavors to keep its efforts for such objectives unabated.

Let’s all unite to encourage the Indian Team by making a small effort to cheer up in whichever way and passing the message to our friends to support  for this cause.