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Homeless World Cup Team Philippines now with 3 wins; founder writes letter of gratitude

As of press time, Homeless World Cup Team Philippines has already scored three wins: the first, against Ghana (3-2); the next, a stunning upset against the United States (4-3); and, this just in, another upset over a strong team, Switzerland (8-2). According to one administrator of the Kaholeros Official Facebook page, “The win gives the team 9 points with 4 games played and places them in 2nd place after Netherlands.”

Just shortly before the win over Switzerland was announced, we received this letter from Bill Shaw, founder of Urban Opportunities for Change, which started Jeepney Magazine and Homeless World Cup in the Philippines. We are reprinting this letter with his permission.

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A foreigner holds up the Philippine flag for Team Philippines during the Homeless World Cup, held at Champs de Mars, Paris, France | Photo by Ramon Hikboy Lecomberie
A foreigner holds up the Philippine flag for Team Philippines during the Homeless World Cup, held at Champs de Mars, Paris, France | Photo by Ramon Hikboy Lecomberie

Dear Friends,

This is a wonderful report from Paris, where the Homeless World Cup is in full swing. As are most of you, I am watching the games from a distance. Urban is represented by our board menbers Baste and Amor Quiniores, and staff member Cecill Artates.

Bill Shaw

 

Our Gracious Donors,

Day 3 was fantastic! The TV crews here from GMA 7 and ABS CBN and the overwhelming support we are getting from the Filipino community is so uplifting. Everyone knows when the Philippine team is playing by the roar of the Pinoys!

God granted us two wins: Ghana (3-2) and USA (4-3)! More than that though the Filipino community was touched by the stories of hardships of the boys and are pledging support. Our meals are sponsored by different groups: Hiligaynon (Illongos), Batanguenos, Mindorenos and even Dan Palami, the manager of Team Azkals is in town to give support. The team starts all things with prayers, their games, our meals, their briefings…. God is great!

We have games today, Suisse and Nederlands, both very strong teams. Another win and we advance to the higher levels.

Our voices are hoarse, our feet are aching but we have good food, great company with the Filipinos and everyone else and absolutely great pride on being able represent our country! Please also note that none of our players has been given a blue card (suspension). France got 2 in one game and thus immediately lost the match!

Savor this shot of a goal by the team!

HWC Team Philippines scores a goal! (Photo courtesy of Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation/Homeless World Cup Team Philippines)
HWC Team Philippines scores a goal! (Photo courtesy of Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation/Homeless World Cup Team Philippines)

Urban Board in Paris