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National partner profile: Italy

Asd Dogma Onlus

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Asd Dogma Onlus is a non-profit organisation founded in 2011 in Milan to promote sports and physical education. They organise sports events with a strong social aspect, often in collaboration with private entities from Italy. In particular, Dogma Onlus promote sports for homeless people, people who suffer severe housing problems, or those who live in social community centres.

In addition to selecting and training the Italian Homeless World Cup Team, Dogma Onlus run three other projects: The Italian Homeless Cup, Calcio Solidale (Football Solidarity), and Scuola Solidale (School Solidarity).

The national ambassador of Team Italy was Marco Materazzi, former Italian national football player, and he publicly supported Asd Dogma Onlus until moving to India in 2013.

They organise the Italian Homeless Cup, a street football tournament for people experiencing housing problems, substance abuse, or other types of social marginalisation. The tournament aims to provide the opportunity for socialisation.

Calcio Solidale (Football Solidarity) is a project for social rehabilitation through football that involves a series of meetings and training sessions organised by instructors and coaches from four Italian regions (Lombardy, Piedmont, Abruzzo, and Tuscany).

Scuola Solidale (School Solidarity) is a project with the aim of spreading the practice of active citizenship, by raising awareness and promoting volunteering among young people and educational institutions.

Dogma Onlus have partnerships with the Municipalities of Milano, Varese, Dumenza, Morbegno, and Forli, and with a number of sports organisations and other private and public institutions.

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Mission statement

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Asd Dogma Onlus aim to contribute to the eradication of homelessness worldwide and to demonstrate and spread the positive power of sport to change people's lives.

“I hope this fantastic experience can help me reintegrate into society and most importantly enable me to see my family again.” Paolo Cicolella, Team Italy 2012

Goals for the future

Tournaments

To organise a two-day tournament with eight to ten participating teams

Women's Programmes

To run a women’s local programme and to have a women’s team participating in future Homeless World Cups

Additional information

Football Activities

Training sessions (Calcio Solidale) and the Italian Homeless Cup

Team selection

The team is selected through annual training and the Italian Homeless Cup.

Non-football services

They run education and awareness raising projects (Scuola Solidale) and provide access to employment, and legal advice, particularly for immigrants.

Participants challenges

Participants are frequently immigrants and are therefore affected by racism and discrimination. Poverty and unemployment are also serious problems.

Organisation challenges

Lack of resources, especially staff and volunteers.

Country challenges

Immigration represents a specific challenge for the country. Due to its location, Italy is one of the most important destinations for people entering Europe. Immigrants are one of the most vulnerable to homelessness (IOM).

Italy is still recovering from the economic crisis which has tripled the number of homeless people and has forced many people into poverty (Deutsche Welle, 2014).

Homlessness definition

The Italian Statistics Institute defines homeless people as people without fixed residency, which includes the following groups: people living in public spaces (e.g. streets, abandoned cars etc.); in dormitories at night but spending a considerable part of the day on the streets; in hostels for homeless people; or in shelters offering support to specific groups of people. People living in overcrowded settlements or with friends and relatives are excluded from the definition (ISTAT, 2014).

Homelessness Statistics

During the economic crisis, the rate of homelessness tripled in Italy. In 2014, homelessness in Italy was estimated at 48,000 people, 70% of whom were sleeping rough (FEANTSA, 2012; Deutsche Welle, 2014). The 2012 Census showed that 59.4% of people in shelters for homeless people were immigrants. However, many immigrants and Roma people are not considered homeless since they live in informal settlements (FEANTSA, 2012).

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