Encouraging people to get regular HIV/AIDS tests and to know their status is an integral part of Cricket Without Boundaries' work in Africa
In October 2012 a schools cricket festival in Laikipia, Kenya, became the first CWB event to have voluntary testing tents present at the side of the pitch. This resulted in an incredible 3200% increase in the number of people – mainly children - getting tested compared to a normal day in a clinic. This was something the local nurses put down to reducing the stigma around testing.
There is now less than two weeks to go until the first CWB trip of 2013 heads out to Africa.
And having overcome late January's wintry weather, all 26 new volunteers showed they are more than ready for the adventure ahead during a fantastic training weekend at Finham Park School in Coventry.
Rwanda 2012 volunteer Jules Farman reflects on her trip a few months on and the impact it has back in England. A truly great volunteer story and we are very proud to have her on board!
'It was on the final morning when Team CWB Rwanda 2012 said goodbye to the two main coaches, Eric and Ange, from the Rwanda Cricket Association. We had been working with them throughout our time there in Rwanda and they were going off to do further coaching that afternoon and it then hit me what a fantastic experience it had been. During the two weeks out there, we were getting up early, travelling around the country, coaching all day and spending the evenings planning for the next day over some massive Mutzigs. We didn’t really get the opportunity to take in what had happened. It was only really on the plane journey back we all got the chance to reflect.
First time CWB volunteer Annabel Kibble talks about how she made the most of her volunteering days from the Body Shop to volunteer on the first CWB trip to Cameroon.
'In November, I used my Volunteering Days to travel out to Cameroon in Africa on a two week project with amazing HIV/Aids Charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB).
CWB are very saddened to hear news of the death of Peter Jamieson in December. Peter's father David is a CWB Alumni, having travelled to Kenya on a project in Spring 2012.
Peter's very unexpected and sudden death have left his family and friends heartbroken, but as testament to his memory the family have set up a memorial fund of which CWB will be the beneﬁciary.
It was a hectic festive period for CWB as we featured on BBC's Five Live and breakfast shows, thanks to Midlands journalist, Phil Mackie. If you missed the pieces, here is a recap of the media coverage we have enjoyed in winter 2012.
The idea was conceived a while ago by Phil, as he saw an opportunity to delve deeper into the charity and also highlight the work in Rwanda and Kenya. The end result was fantastic reflecting the hard work that had been put into the charity but also the effectiveness of the message that our volunteers are always looking to put across.
As 2012 draws to an end, we take a look back at an incredible year for CWB, which has seen a record number of trips, a new country and HIV/AIDS testing for the first time at a cricket tournament.
Re-live the year through our diary of the season.
As 2012 draws to an end and our thoughts all turn to the Christmas break it is as good a time as ever to reflect on what CWB has been able to achieve since our last newsletter in August.
As you all know we are a small volunteer run charity motivated by a simple desire to use and develop a game we love in a part of the world that is devastated by HIV/AIDS. For us it is about putting as many smiles on the faces of as many children as we can and giving them all simple AIDS awareness messages at the same time.
CWB's role in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS was highlighted across the cricket media in a number of articles published to coincide with World Aid Day on December 1.
Focusing on the experiences of England Women's player and CWB volunteer Holly Colvin, the stories written by Luke Sellers appeared in The Times, ESPN CricInfo, The Cricketer website and a number of other places, shedding light on the seriousness of the epidemic and the difference the charity is making in Africa.
Due to the amazing range of photos from the 2012 projects (such as the one above from North Uganda!), we are asking you to choose the Cricket Without Boundaries entry to the Cricket Photograph of the Year Competition!
Photography is a key part of all trips and many magical, heartbreaking or inspiring moments are captured in photos to be shared across the globe.
One of Cricket Without Boundaries major success stories, the Maasai Cricket Warriors are to be the subject of a fantastic documentary, directed by Barney Douglas (Swanny's diaries) and with the help of executive producer Jimmy Anderson.
The film illustrates the importance of cricket as a vehicle for social cause as the Maasai cricketers have embraced the CWB messages of ABC and made them their own. For example, the bat is their spear in the fight against HIV, using the spear to protect themselves like protecting your wicket with their bat.
'AIDS is not over' – the key points from the UNAIDS 2012 report
The latest in the United Nations' annual reports on the state of AIDS across the globe reveals that the efforts to eradicate the disease are progressing, but simultaneously also shows that in many countries people living with HIV still face stigma, discrimination and injustice. There is still much to be done.
For most people, Cameroon is a country famous for forays on the international football stage and for being the subject of Gerald Durrell's books. More recent books describe a bilingual country with rich fauna and flora, a colonial past involving 3 countries (4 if you count Portugal several hundred years ago) but seemingly more developed than its East African cousins.
A year of partnership planning with the Cameroon Cricket Federation (FECACRICKET) has paid off as we set off for CWB's maiden voyage to Cameroon on 9th November. Country Manager Jo North Clarke guides us through Cameroons vital stats and gives an insight on what the team will be up to.