The Duchess of Rutland is to join CWB in Rwanda

Mar 06 2013

The Duchess of Rutland is to join Cricket Without Boundaries for its upcoming project in Rwanda.

Her Grace will play a full part in the trip; coaching children in schools and orphanages, training new coaches and delivering vital HIV/AIDS awareness messages.

Emma is volunteering as part of CWB's ongoing relationship with The Belvoir Trust – a cricket charity of which she is patron. The link between the two organisations saw a team from the Trust – including ex-First Class cricketer Darren Bicknell - visit Uganda with CWB in 2012.

She said: “I am very excited about my visit to Rwanda. I hope I can contribute fully to the Cricket Without Boundaries project and that it will be a great success.“

The Duchess will link up with eight other volunteers for the first week of the 14 day project which runs from March 2-16. She will deliver coaching sessions in schools around the capital Kigali and visit the Rwanda Orphans Project, an orphanage that cares for more than 100 boys aged 5-18 who used to live on the streets. She will also take a tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial – a museum and education centre set up by the Aegis Trust for genocide prevention as a lasting reminder of the atrocities carried out during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The Memorial is built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims are buried and was founded by brothers Dr James and Dr Stephen Smith who in 1995 created the UK Holocaust Centre near Newark, just 15 miles from the Duchess' Belvoir Castle home.

CWB trustee Ed Williams said: "CWB are delighted that Emma is joining us in a project to Rwanda. Her interest in Cricket is well known through her patronage of the Belvoir Cricket Trust, and this visit will further strengthen the relationship we have forged with them. Emma will be undertaking the entire volunteer experience, coaching teachers, children and delivering the HIV / Aids awareness messages that are a vital part of the CWB method."

To find out how the Duchess and the CWB team are getting on in Rwanda visit for regular blogs.

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Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK registered charity (number 1154576) that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world's leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.