About esperance

Esperance is a non-governmental organisation which was founded in 1996 by a group of young people who had the goals and the objectives to use football as a tool for development.
Two years after the genocide, and even today, the Rwanda ethnic groups struggle with the legacy of 1994. In the search for justice and peaceful coexistence, Esperance bridges the ethnic divides of Rwanda through education and social programmes such as Football for Peace and Anti-AIDS. The organisation uses football not only to reconcile differences within the population, but also to raise awareness of dire issues that face young people and their communities. Football tournaments are run in conjunction with AIDS awareness activities.

Over 10.000 young people are trained on the football field each year and many more partake in other Esperance activities. Participants are not just educated; they are trained to be educators themselves.

The organisation was formerly located recently opened Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre where it can easily reach a large number of young people and can utilize its own FIFA training pitch.


The objectives of Esperance are focused on the idea of using a football as a tool to change the Rwandan society, and the society of the Great Lakes Region. The Sport Development in Esperance is based on its philosophy, to transmit a message, to recognize and promote talented players, and to support them