Moving forward in Ethiopia

Moving forward in Ethiopia

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jul 12, 2012
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Our FFH Ethiopia project is on. The AFH Cape Town team went for the Initial Site visit last month and visited the center host's, Sport – the Bridge, facilities on site.

The Addis Ababa Football for Hope Center is located on the Jan Meda Raceground which is in the North East part of the capital.

Mark Warren, our Design Fellow in Cape Town, just finished the Design Brief (pdf) and handed over the project to our new Design fellow Matthew Hughes (having just finished the Sauti Kuu Banda project in Kenya) who will be working on the design and construction of the center from now on. Welcome to the team Matt!

The association Sport – the Bridge from Berne, Switzerland, was founded in 2002. Since then, volunteers have been working on various projects in Ethiopia and Switzerland. The purpose of the association, including both activities in Ethiopia and Switzerland, is to promote the personal development of children through the use of sport. In Addis Ababa, the goal is to re-socialize street children, to re-integrate them into their families and into public school.

Sport – the Bridge’s programs are currently spread over two different sites. The new FFH centre will consolidate the organization’s programs into one area. It is important that the new site accommodate all the educational and health programs which occur at the off site location while still allowing for the full range of sports and recreational activities that the Jan Meda site provides for.

Some images from the initiation visit:

Kids getting football instructions

Existing football and basketball pitch

Kids playing on existing pitch

Kids washing their feet

Team on site visit

Matthew studied Architecture in Queensland, Australia where he worked in private practice and became registered as an Architect, and starting his own small architectural design practice. He has worked on two projects with Architecture for Humanity since 2011. The first was an Urban Schools Upgrade in Hyderabad, India – the second, finishing the construction of the Sauti Kuu Banda in Alego, Kenya. He benefits most from the various exposures to different building traditions, learning what he can to further develop and refine a meaningful design process