Favela United is a non profit organisation which uses the transformational power of football to drive social change inside marginalized communities of Mozambique.
Our football for Change program is about using the game of football for social good and uniting our shared passion for the beautiful game to make a real difference in society. Favela united works with the most vulnerable children of our society and uses football as a tool to drive social change:
Favela United unites children coming from different marginalized communities, including street children and orphans. These children often grow up in an unstable environment, with very limited training and development opportunities.
Our aim is to provide the youth with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves and their community by teaching them on the pitch about fair play, inclusion and respect – lessons directly transferable to life in general and off the pitch, they participate into our ‘Life Captains’ Educational program.




Use football as a learning tool to change young lives and give them the basic skills, confidence, knowledge and opportunities to become champions of their own destiny.
The program includes weekly educational workshops together with our local partner organisations on Life skills education, youth leadership, team building, peace buidling, SRHR and environment awareness.


Favela United
Inspires and creates change makers among youth from the marginalized communities we work in.
Life Captains Program
Use football as a learning tool to change young lives.
Marginalized young people
Gain new life skills, knowledge and opportunities to become champions of their own destiny.




Favela United is a Non-Profit Organization officially registered in the Netherlands and Mozambique. The organization was founded by Patrick Hoep, former professional football player from SC Heerenveen and the Netherlands national youth team. Favela United launched her first football for change projects in Rio de Janeiro back in 2010. In 2015 Favela United expanded to Mozambique, overwhelmed by the inequality, marginalization and stigmatization that the youth faces in the favela’s, Patrick and his coaches transformed Favela United in more than just a football school.
We are an operational community NGO, meaning we plan and carry out boots-on-the-ground projects to accomplish our objectives. This requires a great deal of careful planning, communication, and local involvement for each project.



Sport has the power to change the world…” Nelson Mandela