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Lesotho Football for Hope Centre

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“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.

Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign.

CENTER LOCATION: Maseru, Lesotho

September,24 2011 Source:

The city of Maseru, the capital town of the Kingdom of Lesotho, was the centre of activities on Saturday afternoon as locals came in numbers to witness the opening of the Lesotho Football for Hope Centre.
The launch in Maseru was attended, among others, by Lesotho government officials together with African football legend and former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe and Lesotho’s most successful footballer and former national captain, Lehlohonolo Seema.

Seema lauded the initiative: “You have to see the smiles on these kids to realise what this means to them. I’m glad that finally my country is getting the recognition it deserves. We are proud of this centre.” Read more

Thank you to all of our Architects, Contractors, and Professionals who have contributed to this program

Lesotho Quantity Surveyors - Ben Behm
Architect - John Edgar
ZMCK Engineers - Adrian Auckland
Thank you also to the insulation supplier "Eco Insulation" a Cape-Town based company who is supplying free insulation to the centre!

"These are kids that Kick4Life and Grassroot Soccer target because they are ones who are taking their future into their own hands, and their education will help stop the tragedies, like the spread of HIV, that Africa faces. They are an inspiration." Meghan. Follow her experience with Kick4Life in Lesotho here.

"Kick4Life was the 7th centre to be announced, yet we are the 5th centre to open. The speed with which the centre was constructed has astounded everyone in Lesotho and given the country a real boost and opportunity to be proud and be known internationally for something other than its high HIV prevalence. I can honestly say that this has been largely thanks to the incredible hard work and dedication of our AfH Design Fellow, Axel Stelter. Axel did a great job of selecting a fantastic team who have really had the best interests of the centre at heart rather than focusing on profit. Axel was on the ball throughout the project, managing every single step of the way, thinking ahead and not letting anything delay the process despite one of the wettest seasons in over 60 years!"
Daniela Gusman, Country Director Kick4Life.

You can check Kick4life Facebook page for more information!

Latest Video Update From Lesotho - September 14, 2011


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Football and sport have the power to inspire, to unite and to make a difference. Kick4Life uses this potential to transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in the world.

They were founded in 2005 and have since focused their efforts in Lesotho in southern Africa, delivering a range of programs focused on tackling HIV by providing sports-based health education, voluntary testing, life-skills development and support into education and employment. Lesotho has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world and hundreds of thousands of children have been orphaned by the disease. Kick4Life is committed to playing an important part in addressing this crisis.

The organization is also passionate about promoting and raising awareness of the use of sport for positive change, and they play an active part in several international networks including Football for Hope, a global streetfootballworld and FIFA movement.

Kick4Life Vision:
The vision of Kick4Life is the effective and widespread use of football as a tool for tackling poverty and disease in Lesotho.

Kick4Life Mission:
The mission is to engage youth in Lesotho through the power of football, empowering them with the skills to adopt healthy behaviors and to live HIV free, whilst linking them with the relevant support networks.

Programs planned by Centre Host:
HIV prevention and life skills program
HIV Testing and Counselling
Mentoring and referral system to support service providers for children living on the streets
Literacy and Numeracy Program
Fit4Work - a career guidance, work skills and job placement program
Recycling Program - an income generating project for underprivileged youth aged 16+. Money generated from this will go towards paying for their education.
Basic IT Skills
Football tournaments and football games on an on-going basis
Various fun educational sessions on a weekly basis e.g. performances by local talent, educational movies, drama, games, informational sessions with invited speakers from private, public and civic sectors, marital arts and life skills etc.
Social Enterprise - football league for corporations when field is not being used by youth e.g. in the evenings - this will generate income for the Centre and give companies the opportunity to network with clients and staff members to socialize with good team-building opportunities.

Beneficiaries of the Centre:
1,300 youth in year one (aged 12-18) reached at the centre with individual and/or small group level HIV preventive interventions that are primarily focused on abstinence and/or being faithful and are based on evidence and/or meet the minimum standards required.
1,000 youth from target audience to participate in community-wide events in prevention.
A minimum of 300 Orphans and vulnerable Children will be provided with a minimum of one care service (e.g. Fit4Work, Literacy and/or IT skills training.) Up to 150 will be offered work placements based on merit and need.
A minimum of 60 OVCs to receive comprehensive care and support services (at least three types of services from external sources - health, educational, psychosocial and material based on a comprehensive care plan)

Sustainability Statement:
Roof sheeting: Galvanized natural corrugated iron sheeting produced in Cape Town.

Insulation: Environmentally friendly Eco-insulation in the roof prevent internal heat increase in summer and loss of natural warmth in winter. Under slab insulation is from recycled paper (cellulose).

Low cost devices: Low energy light bulbs to save on energy. Low water flush WCs and manual low flush urinal connected to water collection system to re-use grey water. Water saving shower heads and demand taps to save on clean water.

Landscape: The gravel surfaces and new landscaping grass and trees allows drainage of rainwater into the ground and uptake of stormwater naturally.

Rain water collection: Rain water tanks to be installed in the backyard to reuse greywater to the toilets / into the irrigation system. In-ground tanks for roof rainwater utilized for irrigation of natural pitch. Roof form to facilitate collection by bringing water to a single point.

Photovoltaic panels: Solar cells, batteries, and LED lights for pitch lighting as standalone 100% solar powered play surface lighting. This allows the center host to extend programs and generate income without energy costs.

Ventilation: A high degree of natural ventilation is allowed in the building to avoid the use of electrical airconditioning.

Natural daylight: A high degree of natural daylight ensures a low use of electrical light.

Waste: During construction the Contractor is committed to separate waste on site and re-cycle where possible.The program of the user includes waste recycling concepts.

Orientation: The building is positioned to get optimal daylight at all times. Glazing towards north is positioned and sized to allow passive heat in winter. Building orientation to minimize winter wind on sedentary work spaces and maximize solar gain to larger public spaces.

Safety / Surveylance: Visual connection to external spaces are given from all sides of the building, surveying the public areas as well as other portions of the building. The 1st floor flat offers views along the bicycle track and over the courtyard of the centre.

Security of building: All glazed openings are protected through additional burglar bars. A caretaker lives on site.

Social integration: Engagement with community during design and construction process strengthens the sense of ownership and responsibility.

Labour: A maximum of local labour is involved into the construction process, in cooperation with the local development committee. Donated materials and volunteers were used to implement portions of the work.

Land: Project transforms existing public works dump land to a new community oriented use.

Local Economy: Labor sourced through community for paid construction work

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Project Details

NAME: Lesotho Football for Hope Centre
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Maseru, Lesotho
START DATE: March 14, 2010
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $198654 USD (Final)
SIZE: 250 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium/Sports Facility, Health Clinic, Community Center
CLIENT: Kick4Life
PROJECT PARTNER: streetfootballworld
, Architecture for Humanity
BENEFICIARIES: Youth (aged 12-18) are reached at the center with individual and/or small group level HIV preventive interventions. At least 300 orphans and vulnerable children are provided for, with a minimum of one care service. Up to 150 of these children are then offered work placements based on merit and need.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Use of natural materials, produced locally. Environmentally friendly Eco-insulation in the roof. Low cost and energy devices. Rain water collection and grey water re-use. Photovoltaic panels. Natural ventilation, no use of electrical airconditioning. Natural daylight, orientation to get optimal daylight. (See sustainability statement)