Football for Hope Digest: April 2014


As a legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup, FIFA and streefootballworld launched the Football for Hope program, with the aim of building 20 centers across Africa. The centers are managed by local organizations, each having a specific program but all addressing health and education issues using soccer as a tool for development. Architecture for Humanity joined the program to manage the design and construction of the community centers and the implementation of the soccer pitches within each project. By having a professional architect at each project location, working hand in hand with the local consultants and the community, Architecture for Humanity developed 20 unique projects, each one specifically designed to fit the local context and answer the community’s needs.

Highlight: Baguinéda Football for Hope Centre, 3 years later

Approaching the entrance to the building (Photo credit: M. Warren)

On March 17th, Program Coordinator Mark Warren visited the Baguinéda Football for Hope Centre in Mali for a Post Occupancy Evaluation. A Post Occupancy Evaluation is meant to be conducted not less than 6 months after completion, and is intended for Architecture for Humanity to review the project’s design process with the Center Host team. While the center officially opened in December 2010, the visit could not be organized until now, due to the country’s political situation. The Association Malienne pour la Jeune Fille et la Femme (AMPJF) has been running this center as the Center Host in Mali for the past 3-and-a-half years. During the visit, Mark Warren spoke with several staff members and a few children using the center. The general impression was very positive, and the staff jokingly referred to the center as the ‘White House of Baguineda.’ While several issues were reported regarding the facility, it is clear that the center is a source of pride for the Center Host and the community at large. The project combines a mix of vernacular and modern elements that results in a facility that is both progressive but familiar to its users at the same time. The facility was reported to be well regarded by the community. The Center Host has made a few additions and modifications to the center in order to personalize the building – a new small building was added to house a clothing workshop. This is a great example of how the Center Host took ownership of the project and is developing it to meet new needs as they arise. We were very excited to see the building in such great use and look forward to discovering its new developments in a few years.

The pitch is still used extensively by the children of the community (Photo credit: M. Warren) The library acts as a small classroom as well (Photo credit: M. Warren) The building addition built by the Center Host (Photo credit: M. Warren) Children studying in front of the center (Photo credit: M. Warren)


Besongabang FFH Centre, Cameroon The official opening ceremony took place on March 21st with the whole community of Besongabang assisting with traditional dances, singing and performances. You can see more about the actual opening ceremony here (link to the update on the opening). The contractor is finishing up the last details of construction to fully complete the project. AFH Design Fellow Rogerio Costa, is assisting with the final touches and is getting ready to leave Cameroon after an extended tour of duty. Edendale FFH Centre, South Africa The building is finally complete and practical completion was issued last week. The pitch works have been delayed due to the discovery of expansive clay on the sub-base grounds. The sub-contractor is working to get the adequate material in place and starting to lay the sub-base foundations. The pitch should be installed and completed by early May, and the community partner will then launch the opening ceremony.
Kabondo FFH Centre, Burundi The opening ceremony held on March 18th was a huge success. Final construction snags are now being attended to by the contractor and the help of our Design Fellow Elena Ghibaudo. The first activities are taking place at the center, training and psycho-social activities for the street children and meetings in the main hall. It’s a great pleasure to see the facility in such good use! Bulawayo FFH Centre, Zimbabwe Program Coordinator Delphine Luboz just came back from a visit to Bulawayo. The center is finally completed but the water connection is still outstanding due to issues with the municipality. This should be solved by the end of the month and Grassroot soccer, the community partner, will finally be able to move in their new premises! The center looks really good and the mosaic mural, made by a local artist, became a famous feature within the community.



This month we are having to say goodbye to two of our Design Fellows. Rogerio do Vale Nogueira da Costa , has been involved with Architecture for Humanity for almost 2 years, working on 3 different projects, in Tanzania, South Africa and Cameroon. He has been our project fixer and made an important contribution to the successful completion of these projects. Elena Ghuibaudo has been working on the Burundi FFH project for the last year, developing the design and managing the construction of the project. With dedication and patience, she managed to bring the project to completion in record time.




The Football for Hope program is getting close to an end with a majority of projects finished construction. We are now working on the close out of the program and on conducting Post Occupancy Evaluation to assess how the projects are performing.


Project Name Project Stage % Stage Complete
Baguinéda, Mali Post Occupancy 100%
Magalakwena, South Africa Post Occupancy 0%
Kalebuka, Democratic Republic of Congo Post Occupancy 0%
Manica, Mozambique Post Occupancy 0%
Tarrafal, Cape Verde Defect Liability Period 95%
Iringa, Tanzania Defect Liability Period 95%
Alexandra, South Africa Defect Liability Period 90%
Kabando, Burundi Defect Liability Period 5%
Besongabang, Cameroon Defect Liability Period 5%
Edendale, South Africa Construction Administration 95%
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Construction Administration 95%

Football for Hope

As a legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup, FIFA and streetfootballworld launched the Football for Hope program, with the aim of building 20 centers across Africa. The centers are managed by local NGOs, each having a specific program. All centers address health and education issues using soccer as a tool for development.