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Manica Football for Hope Center

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The Manica Football for Hope Centre creates a new community space to play while catalyzing new building industries in the community.

Center opened!

The Manica Football for Hope Center opened on April 17, 2013. To read more about the opening ceremonies, check out FIFA's website.

Host Organization:
Grupo Desportivo De Manica (GDM)
Football based programs since 1980, Network member since 2009

To expand the real freedoms people enjoy so they can be able to choose to live the lives that they might have reason to value.

About the Centre Host:
GDM is a sport and recreation club that was founded in 1980 by the community of Manica, in the province of Manica, Mozambique. In a time of brutal civil war; ordinary people expressed their need for social cohesion, hope and a belief that life under the Mozambican sun can be good.

26 Years later, the very same club, crippled by overbearing poverty and socio-economic challenges still held fast to their dream. Their building was dilapidated, but their pride and belief in a better life remained. And so in 2006 they partnered with the University of Johannesburg to start ‘operation reclaim the dream': a dream of a holistic club that use sport, specifically football to facilitate social change. The rest, as they say is history.

Alina Jeronimo and Paulo Fernandes

The center’s design reflects its vernacular roots. The intent was to keep a strong link betweent he building and its environment; using materiality and form, the structure becomes part of the landscape. The building is composed of two long walls with an extensive overhung roof on each side creating courtyards that allow for all-weather use and incorporate natural air ventilation. Bamboo poles, eucalyptus beams, and thatched reed ceiling boards are readily available materials and compliment the local earth block structure.

The center provides a football pitch, multi-purpose space, computer room, and classroom for GDM’s various health, wellness, and learning programs. The modest floor plan allows for a variety of programming and event options, allowing GDM flexibility and space in the future.

Sustainable Features:
In the bioclimatic point of view the orientation of the building allows to emphasize the natural cross ventilation, which prevents costs with air conditioning. Also, the roof is suspended in both sides (east and west) providing shade, protecting to rain the biggest openings of the building and collecting water to a cistern located in the east courtyard that could be used for the toilets or plants irrigation. The concept is to combine and optimize local techniques with local materials.

For this the strategy is to participate in the evolution and modernization of the local construction processes without a rupture in the ‘’know how’’ of populations.

In Manica buildings are almost all constructed with earth bricks, so we propose also the use of bricks but in an optimized and contemporary version of this traditional system,compressed earth block/ CEB, that doesn’t require plaster finishing, minimizing the costs and maintaining the main advantage, the use of local earth and its properties, thermal inertia.

This technique is also very easy to learn and diffused by local communities, which will contribute to the local construction modernization that uses at this moment fired bricks with low compressive strength and resistance to water, requiring the protection of plasters. This use of CEB bricks are less expensive that imported materials and techniques such as the local low quality fired bricks, concrete blocks (require plaster) and concrete walls. This minimizes the big problem of deforestation in Mozambique as well future maintenance costs.

About the Football for Hope 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.

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Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood) 2Km East from Manica Town
Manica, Manica


Project Details

NAME: Manica Football for Hope Center
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood), Manica, Manica, Mozambique
START DATE: August 23, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $197416 USD (Final)
SIZE: 180 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Youth Center, Stadium/Sports Facility, Social Service Centers, Community Center
PROJECT PARTNER: StreetFootballWorld
PROJECT PARTNER: Architecture for Humanity
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: José Forjaz arquitectos
COST ESTIMATOR: Maciel Antunes Joaquim
BENEFICIARIES: Youths from Manica district that suffer from extreme poverty. The majority will be both boys and girls, doing life-skills and computer lessons. These facilities are a rare example in Mozambique, because after the civil war there is a few number of capable social infrastructure.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: The walls of the center will made of earthen bricks, but not fired in a kiln. With that is avoided the high use of wood to produce the local "country fired bricks" that contributes to the high deforestation and environmental problems in Manica province.