After his mother passed away and he lost his family to divorce, Ed fell into a deep depression that was exacerbated by war traumas suffered as a young teen in Uganda. Unemployed and suicidal, he eventually landed at a shelter. Bill’s invitation to play soccer, however, was an opportunity he couldn’t pass on. Growing up, he’d loved the sport and even had hopes to make his national team.
And the true meaning of success
“Getting in touch with Street Soccer reignited the dreams that I had when I was young, and that fire that I had. It is wonderful to be a part of the team, to see myself grow, and to change my outlook on life.” — Ed
Like the majority of the individuals who are funded to be part of the Homeless World Cup team, Ed came back from participating in Mexico in 2012 motivated to help others as he was helped. He now manages Street Soccer Canada’s social enterprise laundry service. Providing clean linen to shelters and other non-profits—as well as jobs to Ed and his staff—the service helps those involved be part of a larger goal.
“Now I have a purpose,” says Ed. “When I wake up in the morning, I am happy that I am going to contribute. Not just to my own life, but to somebody else’s life.”