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Mauritania Football for Hope Centre

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About the Campaign:
“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people. The Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha is the first of the 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa. Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign.

About the Centre Host:
ESPOIR, meaning 'hope' in French, aims to empower Mauritanians (especially women, children and former slaves), through the support in creation of micro-enterprises and co-operatives, as well as through alphabetisation and training on health, hygiene, nutrition, women's rights and development.

ESPOIR's History:
ESPOIR was founded in 1991 by the current President, Fatma mint Sidi Mohamed. It currently operates in 7 out of the 12 regions in Mauritania. ESPOIR engages in micro-financing, literacy programmes, capacity building and awareness raising initiatives throughout the country. In the 2007 floods of Tintane, a town in the south-eastern province of Hodh El-Gharbi, ESPOIR provided 250 tents (for 6 people each), as well as bedding materials, kitchen kits and other essentials. Even though ESPOIR has never been involved in football (or sports) programmes directly, its staff strongly believes in the FFH project, in its potential to become a strong addition to its portfolio and a catalyst to the integration of women's football in the country.

Current key projects:
1.‘Projet de Lutte Contre la Pauvreté en Milieu Vulnérable’ - PLPV - (Fight Against Poverty in Vulnerable Environments)
The PLPV has a focus in provinces severely affected by drought and set to extreme poverty of vulnerable groups, especially former women slaves. Its main objectives are:
- the promotion of dialogue for social cohesion;
- the reinforcement of management capacities of women, with a focus on income generating activities;
- the promotion of participatory approaches and involvement of the community in the process.
These objectives are being achieved by the facilitation of literary programmes and vocational training, the provision of funding for cooperatives and for the construction of a well; and have so far resulted in 90 cooperatives that now have access to funding, the employment of 270 women, and the access to potable water by 6000 people.

2. ‘Projet de Renforcement des Capacités de la Société Civile’ - PRCSC - (Reinforcement of Civil Society’s Capacities)
This program has as main objectives;
- the inplementation of transparency for democracy and advocacy issues;
- the transfer of knowledge and skills to and between NGOs, cooperatives, municipalities and press;
- the promotion of information dissemination (e.g. via radio, in order to reach the greatest number of people), on topics such as human rights, separation of powers, advocacy, good governance.

ESPOIR Mission
To facilitate the access to basic social services to deprived communities.

To promote the advent of a durable human development through: democratic culture, the promotion of human rights, access to information, mindset change, reduction of moral and material poverty, and valorisation of social capital. Enforcement of a hollistic, cross-cutting and integrated vision.




Project Details

NAME: Mauritania Football for Hope Centre
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Nouakchott, Mauritania
START DATE: March 28, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
COST: $170000 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 180 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium/Sports Facility, Public Space/Gathering Space, Education Facility - Training Center, Community Center
BENEFICIARIES: Youth of Nouakchott and general population; the centre's activities are thought out to reinforce the role of women in Mauritanian society, through education, professional training and access to sports.