In addition to creating a welcoming space for community, the Kalebuka Football for Hope Centre provides important health services in an underserved region.
The center is completed and opened!
The Kalebuka Football for Hope Centre's opening was held on August 24th and was a real success. The George Malaika Foundation pulled an incredible double ceremony celebrating the opening of the football for hope center and the GMF school. The whole community gathered to listen to official speeches and watch the performances from the girls of the school.
Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF)
Football based programs since 2007
The Georges Malaika Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to young girls.
About the Centre Host:
The primary purpose of GMF is to provide education to young women and girls in the DRC, but its influence in stimulating positive change has already extended far beyond the scope of education. The connection between development and health as well as proper sanitation is undeniable and the focus on access to clean water, medical supplies & equipment has been a valuable focus of GMF projects. The organization served as a liaison to bring two wells that provide fresh drinking water to the school’s pupils and the community of Kalebuka leading to an improvement in quality of life. The organizations contribution to facilitating the shipping of 5 containers of essential medical supplies and equipment worth over 2.5 million dollars to various hospitals in Katanga province has made a measurable impact on decreasing the mortality rate in the region.
One of the great strengths of the Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF) is the partners operating on the ground that have offered invaluable support both financially and programmatically through the building of the girls school. Partnerships and teamwork are the secret ingredients to the success at GMF. From local community participation to forging public-private partnerships both locally and internationally to reaching out to one on one individual supporters, they thrive on building collaborations to achieve a deeper level of sustainable development that is built from the ground up.
The linear, economical building sits parallel to the site border and Route Munama. This will allow for GMF to make their programming very public in addition to easing travel for participants and spectators who have to travel farther distances to reach the center.
The new building interacts with the existing GMF buildings by using a similar materials, construction methods, and formal language. In this way, the designers created a unified home for GMF.
The center’s design includes a simple, single pitched roof with a series of elegant supports. The large overhanging roof provides shelter from the sun and the rain and creates an outdoor space for social interaction and activities such as classes, workshops, socializing, playing, viewing football games, and waiting for services in the center. Furthermore, trees will be planted around the center and along entrance roads to ensure that the space is cool and comfortable.
The football pitch is aligned parallel to the new building and a short distance away from it. The space between the pitch and the center can be used for community activities and for watching football during matches.
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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