Malaika is hosting the 19th Football for Hope Center (FFH) in Africa. The Center’s programs focus on utilizing health, education and football as development tools to improve quality of life for the youth and community in Kalebuka. Football for Hope was the result of FIFA’s “20 Centers for 2010”, the official campaign of the World Cup in South Africa. Learn more about the 20 Centers here and about the FIFA FFH campaign here.

The Kalebuka Football for Hope Center design model was created by Architecture for Humanity. All construction was done by a local company, Encot et Muka.

6 Critical Areas of Need

The Center’s programs focus on addressing six critical areas of need:

  • General education
  • Drop Malaria Program
    • Prevention from Malaria by bed-net distribution and community awareness
Education (Computer and Literacy)
  • Math, general literacy and computer training
Enterprise Development
  • Sustainable Pathways eco-job training and microenterprise
    • Entrepreneurship, literacy, leadership and green agriculture techniques
Food Security
  • Conservation farming methods and sustainable food project (part of Sustainable Pathways)
Football for Social Development
  • Peer to peer training
  • Football tournaments for children and the community
  • Girls and Boys Clubs ages 8-18
  • Common ground outreach initiative
    • Prevention from malaria by bed-net distribution and community awareness
Leadership & Life Skills
  • Children First (children’s rights)
  • General life skills education

I was born in Likasi, outside of Lubumbashi, on February 19, 1999 to my father, Kabangala, and mother, Kalenga. When I was three, my father passed away and my life was forever changed. I came to know about Malaika’s Community Center through my aunt, who herself is learning how to read and write there. I feel more fulfilled than ever before and see how the programs at the Center have changed my daily life. I didn’t know how to read and write well before, and now not only can I read and write in French, but I’m also learning English and gaining computer skills. I believe that one day I will be able to engage more with my community and have more of a role in my village, my country and even worldwide. I very much enjoy playing football as well, it is where I feel most confident, and am very thankful to Malaika for everything they’ve given me.

Born in Lubumbashi on April 3, 2001, I am the first born of eight kids, with six girls and two boys. When I heard about the Center, I was eager to attend programs and learn because my family wasn’t able to pay for my studies. During my time there, I learned to read and write and became very interested in football. I hope to become an international football player, help my family and contribute to the development of my country, especially poorer communities. I give many thanks to Malaika and my message to them is “DON’T GIVE UP” because they’ve done so much good.

I was born in Lubumbashi on February 1, 1973 and am the fifth of my parents’ six children. I had a complicated childhood due to my parents’ separation and divorce, and I stayed with my mother while some of my brothers went to live with my father, but he passed away when I was thirteen and the family suffered. I went to stay with my elder sister and though things were difficult for her, she continued to study until she no longer had the means. Far away from my mother who lives 300 kilometers away, I do worry that I have become too estranged from her.  At twenty years old, I married and had seven children – four boys and three girls. When I heard about the Center, I registered with other women at Kalebuka Football for Hope, where I can now express myself without shame, learn and become a leader and source of empowerment for others. I am confident in myself and trust that I will become a good community leader, impacting my country and the world.

Our Center strives to involve the entire community, from the disabled youth shown here, to the elderly – every member is welcome and our doors are open to those willing to learn and participate. Through the KFFH Center, Malaika addresses food insecurity and works to reduce extreme hunger and poverty. On the global front, we also address challenges to health, environment, poverty and gender equality and contribute towards achieving several SDGs.

We believe in prevention as the best cure and it is the red thread that runs through our programming, connecting all in a harmonious theme. By implementing interventions that allow participants to play a part in their own development, they can stop the cycle of poverty and become empowered while achieving development that is sustainable on all three fronts: socially, economically and environmentally.

The Sustainable Pathways project is a commitment to target out of school youth with life skills. Learn more about the project here.

Additional information: FFH Center Design Statement
Learn more about our Football for Hope partners streetfootballworld and Architecture for Humanity

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