Kenya Autumn 2016

1st - 15th October

The Autumn project to Kenya called in at Murang’a, Kericho, Kisumu and Wi-Fi free Homabay. The team enjoyed the opportunity to really engage with young people on the importance of testing for HIV, not only through the general session messaging but also in smaller scale conversations. Mandy recalls John, who decided it may be a good idea to get himself tested for HIV again and he said he would take his friends to do the same.

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The team reached extraordinary number of children. 1,300 by the end of 2 days, 5,680 by the end of 2 weeks. Project Leader Gary reflected on the positive signs that CWB was beginning to develop a real legacy in Kenya, saying, “To hear children chanting ABC before we have even managed to disembark the bus is testament to that” while two girls from a CWB coaching programme in Murang’a (where no cricket was played whatsoever when CWB first visited 2 years ago) have been selected for the national team at their respective age groups.

Meanwhile, teachers and volunteers who had gone through Coach Education courses over the last few years were reencountered on their travels, continuing to coach cricket in their schools and beyond. In the case of Mathias in Murang’a, this has even allowed him to make a small living coaching for Cricket Kenya.

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Finally, the team reflected on the ever presence of HIV in Kenya, with seemingly every person they encountered knowing someone with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer Gary Storer summed up the team’s thoughts “Open, continuous (and loud!) discussion of the subject (even in cricket matches) must be the way forward.”

KenyaAutumnTeam2016The Team

Gary Shankland – Project Leader
Jon Haines
Khush Patel
Derek Bloomfield
Mandy Burgess
Tim Kearsey
Gary Storer
Hannah Stobbs

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