A year ago today, our friend and colleague Nathan Jones was helping to build a community center in Cameron when he passed away unexpectedly due to complications from Malaria. We’d like to take a moment to celebrate Nathan’s accomplishments, the passion and professionalism he brought to his work. His enthusiasm. His smile. And above all else, his infectious spirit that inspired all of us at Architecture for Humanity, his family and friends and the community of Besongabang, to be and do better. Our thoughts remain with his family everyday, and to all those whom he knew and loved.
On March 21, we will further celebrate his life and contributions as the center officially opens its doors and pitch, providing a place for thousands of people to learn, grow, play and have fun. We would all love to be there — with his family, our regional team at Architecture for Humanity, streetfootballworld, FIFA, United Action for Children, friends and the community, whom will all be present to mark the momentous occasion — however look forward to watching from the sidelines with cheers in our heart.
It’s moments like these we would like to acknowledge everyone who contributes to our work, to making the world a more safe, more peaceful and more beautiful world. We couldn’t do it without people like Nathan and we can’t do it without you.
The Architecture for Humanity team
A few images of the latest updates on site:
More about the project: Besongabang Football for Hope Centre
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.