Iringa Football For Hope Centre is amongst the 20 centers built in Africa as a result of the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa which now carries the name“Football for Hope-20 Centres for 2010”.
The program benefits 20 disadvantaged African communities, providing Football for Hope supported organisations with infrastructure in order to expand their successful work in the area of Development through Football.
The center’s vision is to be the central point for social change and development for youth and community using football as a catalyst.
The center’s mission is to increase the skills and create behavior change by providing health and social education to youth and community in order to improve their living standards using football as a tool for development.
- To decrease the number of the HIV/AIDS/STI’s infection rates and Alcohol/drug abuse amongst in and out of school youth.
- To raise awareness on Reproductive health (RH) ,family planning (FP) and gender mainstreaming.
- To offer a platform where youth and community will play together a wide range of sports, improve football skills and reduce stigma and prejudice.
- To create resources centers where youth and community can obtain information on life skills, entrepreneurship and health issues.
- To create opportunity for networking amongst youth clubs, other NGOs and local government .
- To increase number of youth and community tested their health status.
WHAT THE CENTER OFFERS,
- A range of facilities for delivering activities such as seminars, workshops, community viewings, football skills, trainings, festivals, information, dissemination and various coaches and refereeing courses as well as exchange and networking programs.
- Identifying the most vulnerable children to be supported by the most vulnerable orphans and children program.
- Empower the needy and vulnerable youth and women, providing entrepreneurship skills which will help in minimizing dependence on alcohol as a source of income, while supporting those who have been economical hit by HIV/AIDS.
- Linking unemployed youth to the vocation training centers ran by IDYDC so that they can acquire employable skills.
- The center will serve as a referral point for in need of HIV/AIDS, male circumcisions, alcohol and drug abuse related services.
- Incresed football skills among youth
- Improved knowledge 0f HIV/AIDS amongst youth and community
- Increased prevention knowledge on effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
- Increased number of youth stopping the use of alcohol and drugs
- Increased knowledge of entrepreneur skills among youth and families
Iringa Football for Hope Center is managed by IDYDC. IFFHC is part of the Football for Hope Movement. The FFHC program was established and opened officially by FIFA officials and Tanzania’s Uhuru torch Leader (Juma Ali Simai) on 13th, October 2013.
The opening ceremony included attendees from throughout the local community, representatives from local government, members of the Tanzanian Football Federation, and the local Member of Parliament. The event featured a visit from the Tanzanian National Freedom Torch, which is traveling around the country to celebrate 50 years of Tanzanian independence. There also was a mixed-gender football match between the Upendo Center Girls & Ruaha Boys, the two winners of a tournament earlier in the week; a press conference; and special guests of honor, Julia Bishop, streetfootballworld ‘20 for 20’ program manager, along with Patrick Onyango from FIFA.
The construction of the centre took almost nine month with the estimated cost of more than TZS 275,000,000/= (about USD 166,000) at its completion. The construction and building was done by “Architecture for Humanity”. The support came from FIFA/Streetfootballworld, Iringa Municipal offered ground pitch with technical support while the community played a role in the site security and participated in manpower. The center began to be fully operational in November 2013 while IDYDC became the Center host.