World Cup social legacy in Africa: FIFA opens a new Football for Hope center in Rwanda

Posted: October 3, 2012 in General

FIFA took another big step on Tuesday towards fulfilling its promise to leave a tangible social legacy in Africa after the 2010 World Cup with the opening of a Football for Hope Centre in Rwanda.

The primary objective of Kimisagara center in Kigali is to support young people to overcome ethnic divides and become peace advocate in the community. It is a contribution to the continual healing in the country following the genocide in 1994 that left the nation traumatised and with a major ethnic divide.

The Kigali centre follows the opening of similar projects in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Mali, Lesotho and Ghana. A further 13 Football for Hopes Centres will be completed by the middle of next year in Botswana, Cameroon, the Cape Verde Islands, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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