The Football For Hope Centre in Kabondo Bujumbura opened on Tuesday 18th March by the Burundi Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture. This centre is part of a social initiative from the International Federation of Football (FIFA), who in December 2012, as part of their Football For Hope project, selected Burundi and Terre des hommes (Tdh) to host the 20th and latest Football for Hope centre in Africa.
The centre comprises a multi-purpose room, an infirmary, changing rooms, a listening room and an 800 m² artificial turf football pitch equipped with solar lighting and will be used by children from the community, pupils from schools in the surrounding area and street children.
Thanks to the commitment of a large number of partners including Giriyuja, FIFA, the Ministry for Youth, Sports and Culture, the mayor of Bujumbura and the French embassy, children will have access via football – an important social tool – to development activities. Access to basic services, such as education, health, protection, will also be a priority for the poorest children. With this aim in mind, sporting activities relating to football will be organised on a daily basis. Football will be used as a tool to raise awareness and socialization. According to available funds and identified needs, the centre will also offer reading classes in both Kirundi and French, and English classes will be available to children and young adults from the community.
The opening of the Football For Hope centre in Kabondo, just three months before the start of the World Cup, shows that football – the world’s number one sport – is also a beautiful way to help develop and protect children
Every year, Terre des hommes offers sustainable solutions and a better future for over two million children and their relatives. Learn more about our projects in Burundi.