PREVENTION: Encouraging behavioural change

Several schoolchildren playing cricket, some on standby to score some runs with their bats while others are so keen on chasing after yellow balls to catch them mid-air, is quite a sight at the dust-filled Kicukiro Oval grounds in Kigali. The children are some of the over 2,000 children who have been coached in the game, in only two weeks, by volunteers from Cricket Without Boundaries.

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK based charity that focuses on spreading the HIV/AIDS message in Africa, through teaching cricket. They have established over 20 projects in four main countries—Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana and Kenya.

CWB are delighted to announce that close friend and partner Aliya Bauer, of Cricket Kenya, has been honoured with the Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedicated work alongside the Maasai Cricket Warriors in 2011 at the Pepsi ICC Develpoment Programme Annual Awards.

'Cricket Without Boundaries' continue to make an impact in Kenya

Thanks to the support of Cricket Kenya, Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a delivery partner of the ICC's THINKWISE programme, has just 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 needs to be heard.

CWB launches new partnership with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association), Nairobi, Kenya

On Saturday 11th February, CWB Lead Tutor, Daniel Feist and CWB Kenya Country Manager, Tracey Davies took to Mathare, Nairobi (one of Kenya's many slum area's) to work with MYSA, an organisation that supports the slum communities of Mathare and surrounding areas. MYSA have up to now being largely focused on Football, with CWB's involvement MYSA can now offer Cricket as part of their programme, giving the people of the local community another option of something hugely to engage in. Not only has CWB brought the sport of Cricket to the Mathare, Nairobi area, but also the HIV/AIDS awareness messages through cricket coaching that is inherit in the ethos of CWB.

CWB trained coach spreading the word in Kisumu, Kenya

CWB first met and trained Derick Inyanje in October 2011 in Kisumu, Kenya.

Working closely with Derick closely the team trained and mentored him in cricket coaching and in teaching HIV/AIDS messages. With a bag of CWB donated cricket equipment and his undoubted enthusiasm Derick has taken to his coaching role with gusto.

CWB can proudly announce that they have become a delivery partner for the Think Wise Global Cricket AIDS Partnership.

Think Wise is a campaign between the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF to promote HIV prevention. Like CWB, the partnership was established to use the power of cricket to help tackle key issues around AIDS by focusing on increasing information and awareness about HIV as well as addressing the key issues of stigma and discrimination that are associated with AIDS.

CWB return to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Botswana this Spring.

This spring sees the projects kick off again – the main focus for CWB's work – with four great teams heading out to our four 'host countries'. If the training weekend is anything to go by they should be four fantastic, fun filled and worthwhile trips!

As the UK shivers under snow and ice CWB's first Spring project has flown out to a much warmer Kenya. Over two weeks, in partnership with Cricket Kenya, the team will continue their efforts to develop grass roots cricket across the country. This will be our ninth visit to Kenya and will feature more coaching with the now world famous Maasai cricketers.

They may live in one of the planet's coldest countries, but the Oslo Aliens have certainly warmed to the idea of Cricket Without Boundaries, with the club agreeing to undertake regular fundraising for the charity.

Another successful CWB training weekend, but this was with a Duchess' approval!

Last weekend saw the training weekend for the CWB Spring trips take place at Belvoir High school in rural Nottinghamshire. The weekend was hosted by the Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust (BCCT) who themselves are sending a team of volunteers to Uganda (including ex first class cricketer Darren Bicknell).