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
- Sustainable Pathways eco-job training and microenterprise
- Entrepreneurship, literacy, leadership and green agriculture techniques
- 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
“The Kalebuka Football for Hope Center is my salvation. Before, I didn’t know how to read or write, and I didn’t know anything about sports. I was so shy that I could not mingle with others. Today, I am confident of who I am and what I want to do in the future, and all of this is because of the Center. It has taught me to become independent and self-assured and how to make the right choices for me and my family. What I am today is thanks to Malaika. I am able to express myself in writing. I can implement the lessons taught by the coaches in my life and on the field. I trust the Center for bringing change in my life and those of my friends.”
I am the seventh son in a family of nine children. After the death of my father, life became very hard for my family, and I made many poor choices which led to bad things in my life. When I heard about the Center, I became very interested in learning more. I was accepted, and I began my studies in Permaculture in July. Already, I have learned so much from my teachers. Here at the Center, I am surrounded by good people and have made new friends. They believe in me, and now I am beginning to believe in myself again. The Center is like my family, and I am so thankful.
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.