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Diogenes NGO

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Homelessness in Greece is a significant social issue that is estimated to affect over 20,000 people. The increased economic hardship since 2009 has led to a significant rise in the number of homeless children and adolescents across the country.


Diogenes NGO is an organisation that launched its flagship ‘Kick Out Poverty’ campaign in Greece back in 2007. The organisation offers a wide range of activities and social programmes that aim to empower people living on the streets, who are excluded from society, to support themselves and raise social awareness.


The ‘Kick Out Poverty’ campaign is a global social sporting movement that uses the power of football to address a broad range of issues that affect the lives of Greek young people. The main issues include human rights and education, the promotion of good health, fair play, anti-discrimination, social change and integration. An integral part of the campaign’s activities include visiting schools and organising street football tournaments nationwide with the aim of encouraging and promoting the participation of marginalised young people.

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“Playing football is about becoming better people. Better for ourselves and for the rest of society. We always look how we can really become better people through sport, through our interactions and the little challenges that we face on the field. How we deal with on field victories, the lessons we learn from our sporting defeats and how we turn them, too, into victories on and off the field. We talk with our players constantly about how, through the wonderful game of football, we can bring the best out of ourselves, how we improve as people and as a small social unit and take this from the pitch to our real lives. That’s what it is about. This is football”

Chris Alefantis
Founder “Kick Out Poverty”, Greece
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