PITCHAfrica Annenberg Foundation Sponsored launch, Los Angeles, 2010; image credit: Annenberg Foundation

PITCHAfrica is a US-based, social enterprise organisation and 501c3. It is affiliated with 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.

PITCHAfrica focuses on promoting high-yield community-integrated rainwater harvesting initiatives using sport as a catalyst. The organization is focusing on the African continent, where the need to address water access is fundamental though their projects are attracting attention globally.

The centerpiece of PITCHAfrica’s initiative and the design for which we are best known is the Rainwater Harvesting Street Football (Futsal) Stadium for 1000-1500 people that sits above a school and community education center and integrates a one to three million liter water reservoir. It’s unique structure has the potential to include up to eight classrooms for education or micro-enterprise initiatives, a health clinic, public latrines, and expansive opportunities for agricultural development, supporting the need for food security and can be tailored to a community’s specific needs.

Research and development for the rainwater-harvesting stadium-school was supported by funding from the Annenberg Foundation and culminated in the widely publicized full-size ‘proof of concept’ demonstration in the Port of Los Angeles in July 2010 during the World Cup Football Finals. PITCHAfrica is currently working with communities to implement PITCH initiatives in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

With support from ATOPIA Research, PITCHAfrica has developed smaller community, school and domestic rainwater-harvesting systems of varying capacities and costs to make rainwater harvesting viable in any community with more than 300mm of rainfall annually. These include Waterbanks; rainwater harvesting schools, institutional buildings, dormitories and latrines; Rainchutes, and portable Rainwater Harvesting kits and point of use water filtration systems that can filter high volumes of water to a potable standard.


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