Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

New York firm's perfect pitch to tackle HIV/AIDS in Africa

  • Comment

Architecture for Humanity, the New York-based charity, is looking for architects with football expertise to help tackle HIV/AIDS in South Africa by designing the 'perfect football pitch'.

Not only must the pitch be designed using sustainable local materials, but local people must also be able to build it for under US$5,000. Additions must include sideline benches, changing rooms and, essentially, facilities for HIV information distribution.

When built, the pitch in Somkhele, KwaZulu-Natal, will provide a permanent home for the village's first all-girls football league and a meeting point for local youngsters.

Health professionals aim to use the pitch to distribute information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and it will eventually become a regular stop for a mobile healthcare clinic.

Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organisation promoting design solutions for global social problems, believes the facility will act as a vital weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

'Sport, in particular football, is being incorporated into a variety of programmes geared to helping youths address issues affecting their lives, ' said founder Cameron Sinclair.

The competition costs just US$15 to enter, with the winning entry being picked by the Somkhele Girls football team. For further information, visit www.

architectureforhumanity. org

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.