PITCHAfrica*, is a social enterprise organisation and US registered 501c3 that focuses on promoting high-yield community-integrated rainwater harvesting initiatives using sport as a catalyst. The design for which the organization is best known is a Rainwater Harvesting Street Football Stadium that sits above a school and community education center. The organization is focusing on the African continent, where the need to address water access is fundamental though their projects are attracting attention globally.
A centerpiece of the PITCHAfrica initiative is a football (futsal) Stadium for 1500 people that integrates a one to three million liter water reservoir. It’s unique structure houses up to eight classrooms for education or microenterprise initiatives, a health clinic, public latrines, and expansive opportunities for agricultural development, supporting the need for food security.
PITCHAfrica has developed smaller community and family rainwater harvesting systems of varying capacities and costs to make rainwater harvesting widely available in communities. Research and Development funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation which culminated in the widely publicized full-size ‘proof of concept’ demonstration in the Port of Los Angeles in July 2010 during the Football World Cup Finals. PITCHAfrica is currently working with communities to implement PITCH initiatives in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.
PITCHAfrica in conjunction with ATOPIA Research have developed additional designs and technologies that bring innovation to the area of rainwater harvesting and water filtration.These include the development of multi-functional WATERBANKS
, domestic, portable Rainwater Harvesting kits called RAINCHUTES
for filtering water at a high volume to potable standard.
Please come and visit us at PITCHAfrica
* Note: PITCHAfrica is a legal trading name of ATOPIAResearch
, a non-profit Research and Development organization that brings architectural, engineering and planning expertise to bear on some of the most intractable environmental issues facing populations in the 21st Century.