06/27/2010 04:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

African Youth Score With FIFA Football For Hope Centres

The month long World Cup has fans around the world partying in the streets, tooting their horns, biting their lips or, in the case of England fans, weeping in their beers. For many professional football players this is a journey that began years ago and will end in moments that will live with them for a lifetime. The same could be said for many youth groups taking part in the "20 Centres for 2010", the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Over a dozen non profit organizations are partnering with architects from around the world to develop youth centers for their communities. These centers were created as part of the ongoing Football for Hope Movement initiated by streetfootballworld and FIFA in 2007 to increase the impact of football as a tool for social development, peace and social change.

FIFA 20 Centers for 2010 from Slinky Pictures, video supported by Comic Relief and FIFA.

The aim of the centers are to address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people. The international non profit Architecture for Humanity worked with local architects and community partners to create spaces that meet programmatic needs, while responding to local conditions. Each center was adapted to the local context and integrated best practices in appropriate sustainable design and construction. Renewable energy systems, passive solar and local materials were embedded in each design to ensure fiscal sustainability of each center.

The Football for Hope Center in Khayelitsha is the first of the Football for Hope Centers to open in Africa. Over the next few months seven more centers will open and twelve more begin development. All hope to leave a legacy long after the last goal is scored.

Football for Hope Centers
Project Partners: FIFA, streetfootballworld and Architecture for Humanity

Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Center Host: Grassroot Soccer
Focus: Using football-based programs to educate on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as well as on how to lead healthy lives.
Design Team: ARG Design, Cape Town, South Africa
Design Fellows: Oana Stanescu, Christine Lara and Eugene da Silva
Engineers: Henry Fagan and Partners

Baguinéda, Bamako, Mali
Center Host: Association Malienne pour la Promotion de la Jeune Fille et de la Femme (AMPJF)
Focus: Empowering girls and young women by helping to strengthen their self-esteem and social status in the community.
Design Team: M. Youseff Berthe, Quarc,Bamako, Mali
Design Fellow: Michael Heublein
Engineers: BerteCo

Oguaa Football for Hope Centre, Cape Coast, Ghana
Center Host: Play Soccer Ghana
Focus: Integrating education into health, social and football programs to promote leadership and socio-economic development.
Design Team: Joe Addo, Constructs LLC, Accra, Ghana
Design Fellow: David Pound

Katutura Football for Hope Centre, Windhoek, Namibia
In memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Centre Host: Special Olympics Namibia
Focus: Providing individuals with intellectual disabilities and special needs with adequate learning facilities, HIV/AIDS awareness and assistance in job searches.
Design Team: Nina Maritz and Paul Munting, Wasserfall Munting Architects, Windhoek, Namibia
Design Fellows: Jhono Bennett and Thomas Calhoun

Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Centre Host: Espérance - Association des Jeunes Sportifs de Kigali
Focus: Supporting young people through counseling and training to overcome ethnic divides and become peace advocates in their communities.
Design Team: J-Smart, Kigali, Rwanda with Killian Doherty
Design Fellow: Killian Doherty
Additional Design Support: Seung Jin Ham, Tiffany Lau and Rui Peng

Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya
Center Host: Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)
Focus: Educating on HIV/AIDS awareness, leadership and the environment, including organizing clean-up groups.
Design Team: Andrew Gremley, Pharos Architects, Niarobi, Kenya and Studio 610
Design Fellow: Isaac Mugumbule
Engineers: Peter Wanjau, Mike Gumbi
Environmental Consultant: Dr. Alfred Omenya, Green Arch, Niarobi, Kenya

Maseru, Lesotho
Center Host: Kick4Life
Focus: Teaching HIV/AIDS awareness including education and testing, essential life skills, personal development and work training.
Design Team: Axel Stelter

Mogalakwena, Mokopane, South Africa
Center Host: South African Red Cross Society
Focus: Serving social service and youth development programs, peer education, public health, volunteer counseling and testing, and first aid.


FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former President Bill Clinton discuss the program during the decisive match between Algeria and the United States.