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Football for Hope


The Football for Hope program was launched by FIFA and streetfootballworld in 2007 as a social legacy initiative for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The objective was to build 20 community centres across Africa for local organizations that work to address education and public health issues with the help of football as a tool for development. Architecture for Humanity was brought to the program to manage the design and construction of the 20 projects in 16 different countries.

The Football for Hope Movement is the key element of the strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. It was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed clubs and players, professional leagues as well as involved commercial partners. The Movement aims to utilize the role of football in society in order to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The objective of the Football for Hope Movement is to establish a quality seal for sustainable social and human development programmes working with football as the central tool in the areas of Health Promotion, Peace Building, Anti-Discrimination & Social Integration, Children's Rights & Education and the Environment, thus supporting best practice in the field.

Each Football Hope Centre offers a youth football pitch and a gathering space to house community-based social and economic programs. The programs must be aimed at children and young people, and use football as an instrument to promote participation and dialogue.
The scope and budget of each center vary depending upon the programming proposed by the local network partner. A typical center consists of a 20m x 40m youth football pitch, a pavilion or small community structure, and access to services such as water, power and sanitation. The size of each centre will range between 100 and 200m2.

For each project, Architecture for Humanity was involved from the initiation trip to the final completion of construction, coordinating the different stakeholders, managing the local consultants and contractors and making sure the community was involved in the project. A design fellow, led by a team of professionals, was sent to live and work on site to get the input of the community in the design process and to follow up the construction closely making sure it is built to international standards.

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  • Manica Footbal For Hope Centre
    location: Manica, Mozambique
    client: Grupo Desportivo de Manica
    cost: $197,416 USD (Final)
    size: 180sq.m
    design fellows: Alina Jeronimo / Paulo Carneiro

  • Besongabang Football For Hope Centre
    location: Besongabang, Cameroon
    client: United Action for Children
    cost: $188,510 USD (Estimate)
    size: 170sq.m
    design fellow: Nathan Jones, Rogerio Costa

  • Iringa Football For Hope Centre
    location: Iringa, Tanzania
    client: Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children Care
    cost: $223,396 USD (Final)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Alma Ruiz, Rogerio Costa

  • South East Football For Hope Centre
    location: Ramotswa, Botswana
    client: South East District Youth Empowerment League
    cost: $196,741 USD (Final)
    size: 145sq.m
    design fellow: Elisa Engel

  • Magalakwena Football For Hope Centre
    location: Mokopane, Limpopo South Africa
    client: South African Red Cross
    cost: $187,405 USD (Final)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Themba Mekwa

  • Tarrafal Football For Hope Centre
    location: Tarrafal, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
    client: Delta Cultura Cabo Verde
    cost: $204,532 USD (Final)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Ana Reis, Ana Ramos

  • Bulawayo Football For Hope Centre
    location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    client: Grassroot Soccer
    cost: $224,094 USD (Estimate)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Kuda Mutsonziwa, Ofer Barpal

  • Kalebuka Football For Hope Centre
    location: Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
    client: Georges Malaika Foundation
    cost: $227,380 USD (Final)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Oliver Kienzi

  • Kabondo Football For Hope Centre
    location: Bujumbura, Burundi
    client: Terre des Hommes - Giriyuja
    cost: $170000 USD (Estimate)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Elena Ghibaudo

  • Addis Adaba Football For Hope Centre -- Cancelled.
    location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    client: Sport - the Bridge
    cost: $170000 USD (Estimate)
    size: 180sq.m.
    design fellow: Matthew Hughes


  • From a family of contractors, architects and carpenters, Rogério Costa has been living and working in the field of construction and architecture since an early age. He was born in South Africa, but moved to Oporto, Portugal in the late 80’s where he took his degree in Architecture and has been an accredited architect since 2001. Having experienced several working environments ranging from Municipal building department, small and medium sized architectural practices to partnership and management of own firm. Such diversity has skilled him with all stages of the design process, with project, construction, BIM management and IT supervisor. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Portugal, Rogério enjoyed both getting a “hands on feel” of construction as well as being amid multidiscipline environments.
  • Originally from Italy, Elena Ghibaudo studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin and at the Higher Institute of Architecture Lambert Lombard in Liege. She spent four months working in an oasis in Marocco studying earth building technology during the period of her Master's final thesis. In 2010, with seven other people, she founded Jenga! an architectural movement working throughout Italy, France and Belgium and she continues to be part of it. After graduating she returned to Morocco and lived there for two years working for an Italian NGO and LabTerra (Architecture University of Cagliari) to coordinate an apprenticeship building programme. Elena specializes in restoration and rehabilitation of earth construction. Where her focus is on architectural heritage in developing countries and on ecological and low-cost constructions as a way of a social and economic development.
  • Preshanta Vandeyar is a South African, born and brought up in Johannesburg. She recently returned to South Africa having lived and worked in London for 8 years. Preshanta has worked with many firms in the UK including Paul Brookes Architects, Burrell Foley Fischer, and Kate Otten Architects. Because her masters thesis proposed an urban design model which aimed to empower impoverished South Africans, Preshanta was motivated to apply for the Design Fellow position in Edendale, South Africa.
  • Ana Ramos is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working on construction of the Tarrafal Football for Hope Centre in Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Ana grew up in Macau, in southeast China. Having graduated as an architect in 2005, from Lisbon’s Technical University, she holds a master’s degree in ‘Building and Urban Design in Development’ from the Development Planning Unit of The Bartlett, University College of London (2010). She is a registered architect at the Ordem dos Arquitectos (Portugal) since 2007. Ana has worked as a freelancer, as well as for different practices in Portugal and the UK. She has development-related design experience in Rio de Janeiro with Jorge Mario Jauregui Architects, and for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Thinking Development. Field research has taken her to Istanbul, Turkey, and she was part of the team developing a manual on ‘Transitional Shelter Guidelines’ at Shelter Centre, Geneva, prior to moving to Cape Town.
  • Matthew Hughes is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Matthew studied Architecture in Queensland, Australia where he worked in private practice and became registered as an Architect, and starting his own small architectural design practice. He has worked on two projects with Architecture for Humanity since 2011. The first was an Urban Schools Upgrade in Hyderabad, India – the second, finishing the construction of the Sauti Kuu Banda in Alego, Kenya. He benefits most from the various exposures to different building traditions, learning what he can to further develop and refine a meaningful design process.
  • Ofer Barpal was born and raised in Israel where he grew up on a Kibbutz (an agricultural farm community unique to the country). Ofer studied Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver, and upon completion of his Master’s degree, the family moved to Michigan where Ofer began his practice as an Architect. Since then, he has worked extensively in the areas of Retail, Healthcare, Assisted and Senior Living, Commercial Architecture, Interior Design, Residential, Hospitality, Space Planning and Food Service. Ofer first became involved with Architecture for Humanity when he moved to Washington DC in 2009 to start his own consulting firm. When a Design Fellowship opened up for a Football for Hope project, Ofer jumped at the chance to travel to Zimbabwe.
  • It is with great sadness that we share the news that Nathan Jones passed away on March 05, 2013 in Cameroon where he was helping to build the Football for Hope Centre in Besongabang Cameroon. Prior to starting his fellowship with Architecture for Humanity, he worked in a foundry at the age of thirteen and studied in UEL London and at the Center for Alternative Technology in Wales. He worked in different architectural firms in the UK, in an engineering and sheet metal company in the US and Timber framing yard in Wales. He had great experience in earth construction gained from his work with an earth building construction company in Gambia.

    Nathan was a wonderful designer and friend. He will be truly missed.

  • Alina Jeronimo is currently a design fellow with Architecture for Humanity, working on the Football for Hope Centre in Manica Mozambique.
    Alina is an accredited and registered Architect from Portugal. She studied in Lisbon in the Lusiada University and worked in Portugal and Spain during the last 4 years. Ending the post-Master “Earth Architecture” in CRAterre, Architecture School of Grenoble, France, she is focusing her thesis research on sustainable architecture in informal settlements.
    Alina and Paulo are working together as Design Fellows on Mozambique FFH Centre.
  • Paulo Carneiro Fernandes is currently a design fellow with Architecture for Humanity, working on the Football for Hope Centre in Manica Mozambique.
    Originally from Portugal and a licensed architect since 2005, Paulo worked in several architecture studios in Portugal and Spain. Recently, he strengthened his personal research in sustainable architecture, with the aim of improving living conditions without compromising future generation’s resources. Currently enrolled in the post-master “DSA Terre” in CRAterre-ENSAG, France, he is developing a thesis topic on earth architecture, sustainable development, low cost housing, and informal settlements.
    Alina and Paulo are working together as Design Fellows on Mozambique FFH Centre.
  • Alma Ruiz is currently the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity working on the Football for Hope Centre in Iringa Tanzania.
    Born and raised in Mexico, she completed her Bachelors degree in Architecture at the Iberoamericana University, Mexico City. She has been involved in several urban, architectural and interior design projects in Africa and Mexico. She worked as a project leader in Interior design in several architectural offices in Mexico City, and Cape Town on urban design in 2009. She was the team leader in the research “The Vernacular Art Inside Informal Settlements”. She has had the opportunity of working within communities in Africa and Mexico and has been involved in different kind of Social Activities since her studies.
  • Elisa Engel is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Ramotswana, Botswana. She comes from Germany but has lived in Swaziland for several years prior to her architectural studies. She studied architecture in Belfast and graduated in Architecture and Development Practices from Oxford Brookes University in 2004. For the past 7 years she has been working in the UK. Her focus is on educational architecture and participatory design. Elisa is fully qualified and registered with the UK Architects' Registration Board. She is now on sabbatical while acting as a Design Fellow for AfH.
  • Themba Mekwa is the new Design Fellow for the Football for Hope Center in Mokopane, Limpopo for the South African Red Cross Society. Themba is a registered architect residing in Cape Town. A South African national, he holds a post-graduate degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has spent the last 5 years working for a reputable local firm on various residential, commercial and education projects. He enters the Football for Hope program with a keen interest for collaborative design and youth orientated development. Other interests include experimentations in product and furniture design with special focus on the design to manufacturing process.
  • Oliver Kienzi is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Kalibuka, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.He is an Architect originally from Zurich, Switzerland. He got his Master’s Degree from ETH Zurich and has worked with architectural firms in Switzerland and New York, where he has been living and working for 17 years prior to starting to work with Architecture for Humanity. He is in the process of becoming a licensed Architect in NY State, is a Associate Member AIA and a member of the Swiss Engineers and Architects Association, SIA.
  • Kuda Mutsonziwa is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Over the past 8 years Kuda has worked in design and construction for private firms and NGOs in the UK, Rwanda and Zimbabwe where she specialised in designing healthcare and education facilities, residential buildings and sustainable design. She holds degrees from Greenwich University, London and has recently publish works on Urban Agriculture practices in Zimbabwe.
  • Ana Reis is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Tarrafal, Cape Verde. Ana worked for different practices in Portugal and she acted as a project architect for the Figueira da Foz Municipality from 2001 to 2006. She then moved to the UK where she worked for Foster+Partners and Adjaye Associates and co-founded Langdon Reis Architects in London, 2008. The studio won a number of competitions, collaborated on a number of large urban studies and completed small residential projects. Ana graduated in 1998 from Lusíada University in Portugal, where she undertook postgraduate studies in “Rehabilitation of Historic Places” in 2001. Recently she completed a Masters Degree of Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University in London. She is a registered architect at the Ordem dos Arquitectos Portugueses in Portugal since 1998, and registered at the ARB in the UK in 2007.
  • Unathi Mkonto is currently a design fellow with Architecture for Humanity, developing a design brief, schematic design to completion of the Football for Hope Centre in Alexandra Johannesburg. He was born in Peddie South Africa, now living in Cape Town. He has studied Bachelor of Building Arts in Architecture at Nelson Mandela Metro University, till third year level.
  • Luvuyo Mfungula is the design fellow working on the Football for Hope Centre in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Luvuyo studied architecture at the Durban university of technology graduating in 2004. He has since been working for some of most well known South African designers. Luvuyo has a passion for community projects and have over the years gained experience in realizing such projects through understanding the crucial ability of balancing the needs, expectations and budget constraints that are unique to each. As a driven young designer he would like to see architecture help in improving the quality of life.
  • George Kinuthia is an Architect working on the design and construction of the Football for Hope Centre in Qwa Qwa, Free State, South Africa. George started his passion in the building industry with studies in construction technology in Kenya thereafter proceeding into Architectural studies where he attained a Bachelor of Architecture at University of Port Elizabeth (U.P.E) and a Master of Architecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (N.M.M.U) in South Africa. He continued to work independently and for practices across various cities and towns in South Africa.
  • Axel Stelter was the Design Fellow for the Lesotho Football For Hope Centre. He is originally from Germany and worked in design and construction for numerous firms in Portugal, Germany and California, USA. Axel obtained his architecture degree from the University of Berkeley in California.
  • Michael Heublein was the Design Fellow in charge of the design and construction administration of the Football for Hope Centre in Bamako, Mali. He is a registered architect and LEED AP in the United States, and has worked for firms in the U.S. and Australia on projects in the States, Australia, China, Mexico and Nicaragua. Michael has a Masters Degree from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer and worked for U.S.A.I.D. in Guinea, West Africa.
  • Killian Doherty was the design fellow working on the Football for Hope Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. He is an Architect, originally from Ireland. Having worked in Stockholm, Dublin, and London, and completing a Masters in Architecture at the Royal Technical College (KTH) in Stockholm ,he volunteered with a grassroots organization on the post-katrina reconstruction of New Orleans. A visiting studio tutor at the KTH in Stockholm, Gothenburg , University of Johannesburg and KIST(Rwanda) Killian has exhibited his work in Ireland, Sweden and the US.
  • David Pound was the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity, working on the construction phase of the Football for Hope Centre in Oguaa Ghana. After graduating from The Manchester School of Architecture in 2002 he worked for a number of large scale practices where he specialised in the design of residential buildings, schools and educational facilities. In 2008 he moved to Ghana to design inclusive school buildings for a local NGO, that specialises in mixed ability education. In March 2010 he started working for AFH as a Design Fellow. He has always had a desire to design schools and places of learning as he sees them as places that are integral to the teaching and learning process.


Project Details

NAME: Football for Hope
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Unspecified location
START DATE: March 09, 2008
CURRENT PHASE: In construction
SIZE: 180 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium/Sports Facility, Health Clinic, Community Center
PROJECT PARTNER: streetfootballworld
, Architecture for Humanity
BENEFICIARIES: Local communities throughout Africa