12th - 27th February
CWB has returned from another highly successful project in Kenya. 8 volunteers from different parts of the UK with various backgrounds and life experiences spent two weeks in Kenya in a bid to build on the work of previous CWB projects. In the process teaching cricket with the HIV/AIDS education messages that so desperately need to be heard.
The CWB team had a massive impact even just looking at the numbers, with a total of 2,594 children coached and 233 coaches trained. For those that love a few stats, the team coached 240 children Nairobi in partnership with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association), 1632 in Kisumu, 162 in Nakuru and 560 in the Maasai region. 11 coaches were trained at MYSA, 22 in Kisumu, 180 at the Kericho Teacher Training College, and 20 in the Maasai region. CWB also delivered a Level 2 course for the Cricket Kenya coaches, including national team coaches, which was also a great success.
One of the most satisfying parts of the trip was the time spent in Nakuru, an area CWB first visited in December 2005. After over 6 years of support, together with the continued work of Cricket Kenya, Nakuru is now one of the hotbeds of cricket in Kenya.
There remains a huge amount of enthusiasm in Kisumu following our two visits there in the last twelve months and Kenyan and CWB coached coach Derrick Inyanje continues to do a fantastic job ensuring that the AIDS awareness messages are as important as every forward defensive shot.
"Kisumu is an area of largely untapped potential and with some enthusiastic people on the ground could become a great breeding ground for new players".Tracey Davies, CWB Kenya Country Manager
CWB's long-standing visits to Kericho Teachers Training College continues to impress with the high level of interest amongst the trainee teachers and permanent staff. It is these teachers that will take cricket and the HIV/AIDS messages to the hundreds of different schools that they will go on to teach in.
As for the Maasai area, CWB are proud of the substantial contribution which it has made to this project and will continue to help Aliya Bouer (ICC volunteer of the year) with her work with in the Massai villages, training new coaches and teachers and teaching cricket and HIV/AIDS messages to the masses. CWB have donated equipment and kit to support the now world famous 'Massai Cricket Warriors' and grass-roots projects in the Maasai villages.
None of this would be possible without the continued support of 'Cricket Kenya'.
Tracey Davies - Project Leader
Richard Davies - ECB Tutor