The Fieldhouse Project is committed to environmental and economic sustainability. Our approach to creating a lasting, self-sustaining set of resources and programs relies on four components: community ownership, revenue generation, environmental impact, and partnerships.
1. Community Ownership
Community ownership has been fundamental to this project from its inception: Nyanyano community elders donated the land, community members themselves molded the bricks, and, beginning in the spring of 2015, seven schools will contribute in making monthly payments to build emergency reserves. We’ve concentrated on working with the community rather than for the community, consulting schools and local partner organizations each step of the way. By soliciting input from a variety of its stakeholders, The Fieldhouse facility is an amalgamation of dreams realized and needs met. Participating schools and organizations will also sign a Leave No Trace Agreement which puts their skin, officially, in the game: each school inspects the facility prior to use, documenting damages and discrepancies. Schools found responsible for damage will be held financially accountable for repairs, incentivizing upkeep and making it truly a tool of its users.
2. Revenue generation
Revenue generation is key to financial independence. Each participating school will pay monthly dues that can be used for emergency repairs or future expansions. Advertisement and sponsorship opportunities around the soccer pitch may also provide revenue in the future.
3. Environmental Impact
Environmental sustainability is a primary focus of The Fieldhouse Project: the facility features a scalable solar electricity source. Panels on the roof charge multiple batteries and support all basic electricity needs. Additionally, The Fieldhouse was constructed using locally-sourced building materials wherever possible, further minimizing its carbon footprint as well as supporting the local economy.
Partnering with local organizations - ones with a history of impact and results - has been the key to our success thus far. Our partners’ local relationships and intimate knowledge of the developmental challenges facing the villages in Ghana have informed much of the design of The Fieldhouse. The issues we are tackling are enormous, so we’ve partnered with The Cheerful Hearts Foundation. Established in 2008, CHF promotes education, provides public health services, and combats child labor and trafficking in rural areas. Based in Ghana and run by Ghanaians, Cheerful Hearts works from the ground up on sustainable development strategies. They will manage a rehabilitation program for child laborers at The Fieldhouse, preparing one hundred children reenter the school system each year. Working with Cheerful Hearts, our other Ghanaian partners, and six local primary schools, we are creating the framework for The Fieldhouse and its place in Nyanyano.