In parts of Democratic Republic of Congo, attending school is not a given. Cost, distance, and family obligations can prohibit students from gaining an education. Malaika’s Kalebuka Football For Hope Center, built in collaboration with FIFA and streetfootballworld, gives area youth and adults an opportunity they otherwise might not have to not only learn to read and write and take vocational courses and learn about healthy and equality through football and other sports programming- all for free.
The young men and women featured in this video now have hope for their own futures and their communities’ collective growth.
Malaika was proud to send Sarah Kalumba, our Country Manager, to the Football for Hope adidas Exchange Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting of representatives from FIFA community centers took place at the Mathare Football for Hope Centre with workshops devoted to monitoring and evaluating the progress at all the Football for Hope Centres. There were opportunities for everyone to exchange ideas and learn from other organizations.
Sarah was invited to give a separate presentation on community involvement since Malaika was recognized as a organization that does this particularly well. The community center in Kalebuka focuses on utilizing health, education and football as development tools to improve quality of life for the local youth and community. Find out more about the KFFH Center or make a donation directly to this special place by visiting www.malaika.org/community