In a first for CWB, two coaches, ‘Tall’ Eric and Audifax Byiringiro will be employed by the Rwandan Cricket Association through grant money supplied by CWB to work in schools, universities and orphanages to coach with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS education. The two young players are no strangers to CWB having accompanied many previous trips but will now be able to continue the work when the CWB trips return home.
Armed with cameras, CWB clothing and equipment, Eric and Audifax will initially focus on 10 schools each with Eric focusing in the capital Kigali while Audi will be working in the southern province of Nyanze. A large emphasis will be on the education of teachers in order to continue the sustainability work carried out by CWB teams in Rwanda in line with our 'enduring' value.
Head of CWB comms and Rwandan veteran Lee Booth said “having the ambassadors on the ground ensures a year-long presence in country filling in the gaps between CWB projects. I have no doubt that this will have a huge impact on the numbers participating in cricket and equally importantly ensure that our HIV/AIDS awareness messages are heard all year round. Having two National players who are as responsible and inspirational as Eric and Audi is a real asset to CWB and having worked with them recently I am confident that they will hugely successful in this exciting role.”
David Terrace, Head of M and E for CWB commented ‘this is a great step forward for CWB and will help us hugely in looking at what impact we are making. It is fantastic how Eric and Audi have thrown themselves into it and I look forward to seeing how they grow into the roles’.
Charles Haba, President of the Rwandan Cricket Association commented “This will grow our playing numbers as well as impacting on their behaviour.”
We will report on the Rwandan ambassadors work throughout the six month project. You can read an article here about the work going on in Kenya