Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre was officially inaugurated on October 4th by the Rwandan Minister of Sports and Culture, Mitali Protaiswith with a ribbon cutting and place unveiling ceremony. Several local representatives were present, with some of FIFA and streefootballworld leaders and our former Design Fellow Killian Doherty representing Architecture for Humanity.
The center is run by the local Organization Esperance with a mission to support reconciliation and rehabilitation in Rwanda. The Esperance centre offers opportunities to roughly 200 children in suburban areas. Through programs and courses that strengthen life skills, such as theatre and sport, Esperance is promoting social inclusion as well as physical and psychological healing for all of its participants.
“The centre provides us with the amazing opportunity to have our own space to implement our programmes and serve the community,” said Centre Manager Victor Sewabana. “There is a saying in the community that the centre is the hub of peace. Espérance is known for Football Amahoro and now the centre will be known for this, as well.”
Big thanks to Leonard Omare, the construction foreperson from Three Code.