FIFA Football for Hope

Street Football World Announces Sites for 2012 Football for Hope Centers

GMF makes FIFA’s list to host the 19th Football for Hope Centre chosen to implement programs in health, education and football as a tool of social development in order to improve quality of life for the communities served. The vision of the centres came about as a result of the ”20 centers for 2010″ Official Campaign of the FIFA South Africa World Cup. Learn more about the 20 centres here.

Together with streetfootballworld (SFW), organizations tackle issues such as women’s empowerment, HIV/AIDS awareness, education, gender equality and employment opportunity. GMF has designed a special program that will incorporate education, health and community building initiatives as part of the partnership, helping us to realize the next phases in the expansion of the school. Read more about the other sfw sites in the full press release. sfw is an implementing partner of FIFA that uses football as a tool to advance social development in struggling communities around the world. It has achieved tremendous successes over the years by building a carefully selected network of partners to target differing needs and develop shared experiences. The implementation of this internationally recognized game is a unique approach that incorporates a strong sense of solidarity around a set of values such as sportsmanship, perseverance, community involvement and active living.

FIFA and streetfoorballworld representatives both visited the GMF Girls School in December, 2011. They were touched and charmed by the warm welcome from both the students, community and staff, and by the changes that GMF has made in each girl’s life. We are eager to work with such an inspiring network of organizations in joining this powerful movement.

Stay tuned on our Blog, Facebook and Twitter for more news as the SFW team prepares to visit Kalebuka for the first stages of implementation. A full summary of programs will be available soon.

Vision and Mission of Football for Hope Center

The mission of Kalebuka FFH is to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for youth and community members to connect, learn, develop socially and access valuable health services and education while using football as a tool to transform positive community change.

The Football for Hope Movement

Football for Hope is a movement that uses the power of the game for social development. Leading the initiative are FIFA, world football’s governing body, and streetfootballworld, a centre of expertise that supports a global network of local organisations in the field of development through football. FIFA is the world governing body for association football. Its mission is to develop the game of football, touch the world through FIFA competitions, and build a better future. Football is of social, cultural, and educational relevance and FIFA promotes its core values of unity, performance, authenticity and integrity inside and outside its organisation. streetfootballworldis a non-religious, non-political and non-profit organisation that has developed a centre of expertise for projects involving football as a tool for social development. streetfootballworld is the driving force behind a global network of community-based development organisations. FIFA and streetfootballworld have been working in a strategic alliance since 2005 to increase the impact of football as a tool for social development, in particular through the Football for Hope movement.

“20 Centres for 2010” – the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Each centre will be designed in close collaboration with the Centre Host (in this case Georges Malaika Foundation, Kalebuka, Lubumbashi) and with Football for Hope in order to ensure that the infrastructure is suitable for the needs of the community and the programmatic aims of the Football for Hope Centres. These football-based and community-relevant public health and education programmes will be delivered by the Centre Host organisation.

Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity (AfH) provides design, project management and to an extent construction management services as the owner‘s representative. Architecture for Humanity manages the design, drafting and construction contract through our staff in Cape Town. A Design Fellow relocates to be an on-site resource with support from headquarter staff in San Francisco. Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design services firm founded in 1999. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, AfH brings design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. Architecture for Humanity will engage the services of local architects, engineers and quantity surveyors along with other building consultants as needed. Upon commencement of construction the Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow will reside within a community near the site to oversee the project through to completion.
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