RUHUNDA, RWANDA -- On Nov. 19 in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, community members, football fans and jubilant kids filled nearby streets and gathered at Trinity Pitch to watch two local teams play the first match the stadium has hosted— an event not possible in this dusty outpost until now.
The match was organized by the local
“The spectacle is not so much about the game," said Hussein Munyankusi, president of the Ruhunda Site Management team. "Everyone has come to celebrate the opening of this gleaming pitch. It is a signature of the transformation in our community. Now we can host cultural events, national functions, concerts and games, thanks to
The EKOCENTER kiosk is a solar-powered facility that aims to provide up to 25,000 local residents with access to a range of services, including wireless Internet, mobile charging, movie viewing, a restaurant and consumer goods such as
The EKOCENTER team, with the
“The COPA Legacy Pitch is doubtlessly a demonstration of our holistic approach to building sustainable communities and plays to the convening platform of the EKOCENTER approach to the tri-sector business model. The football pitch can now be used to generate revenues for the local community from football clubs, artist performances or social events staged on the floodlight grounds,” said Bob Okello, group execution manager for EKOCENTER in Africa.
On opening day, Ruhunda Community FC ended up winning the friendly match 4-0. But it is the entire community of Ruhunda that will find winning moments every day from the opportunity and potential the EKOCENTER site and surrounding area brings.